It can be the “mandatory” Monday (and Wednesday and Friday) meeting or it can be the every half hour conference call talking to co-workers and waiting for one to jump on the call and another and another until you’re ready to get up and leave and the work week just started. It’s the case of the Monday’s its the 9–5 blues. It can sometimes feel terrible. But it pays the bills, you keep that in your mind and decide to take a deep breath, look at some cat videos on Youtube and finish out the work day and the work week. Good for you, because that ain’t easy.
My last corporate job, the meetings. I couldn’t shake them. Sometimes I prioritized my deadlines over the meetings. Made a nice case to my director that I needed to get these proposals out and that I’d get the notes on the meeting and that he could take a look at my morning status to get a gist of my progress on my projects. That approach worked but I didn’t pull it often. So many days out of the week I’d be in meetings, drinking tea with Gingko Biloba to help my memory to give verbal updates on my campaigns. I remember the stress, the heavy workload and going home on the train tired, and sad. Clearly, at this point in my life, there were a few extra trips to the bar to cope with my stress but that’s another story.
I’d get home from work and yup, do more work. I designed for my personal clients after designing all day at work. I didn’t really mind. I lived in New York at the time, that’s what you do in New York right? Work! (Because the rent is too damn high) And that’s what everyone else is doing. Not really a good reason to do something but that’s how it went down.
I had a friend at work. We were in similar situations. Walking into work just like blah. Tired. Not excited. Rushing to send a damn status report which had to be in to our director I think by 9:30am but we’d often be coming in at about 9:22am sometimes because first, coffee. (tea for me at the time) We worked alongside one another, we’d take lunch and our midday tea and coffee walks together. During our times we’d talk about our side hustles. My business was good, it was necessary to have my full-time job because it paid much more than my side design hustle at the time but my co-worker’s side hustle was Poppin! He was getting money, big corporate clients, he even had placement of his work in movies! Crazy. I took inventory of these major points and would discuss them on our walks. I saw his was right there, the tip of the iceberg and would just keep asking him, why not focus on that entirely? I’d give him bullet points on his successes. Talk about the wack parts of our job. I’d boost him with confidence every damn day.
Around this time. I just had my daughter. My wife and I were in New York, but neither of our families lived there, it was bit tough raising our daughter alone in NY. I was missing doctor’s appointments for our daughter because I had to work. I’d usually be gone from 7:45am to about 7:45pm on good days, home by midnight on more intensive days. I was missing milestones with my daughter, I was tired and still broke. I had to take control.
I found a new job, same money but less hours, more flexibility, more control. I was out! My co-worker left about 2 weeks after me. It was glorious. He went on to work for himself at his own company, once he did that, he business soared! Not too long after, his business partner quit his full time job as well. They both were and still are doing very well. Those little nudges pushed him to reach his potential for real and let go of the fear that was holding him back. I was and still am so happy for him.
Now we have the time to drink mimosas at 9:30am and can push our meetings to whenever we want. (A year after working at that new job, I took my own advice and went all in on my own business) No more Monday meetings!
A couple steps to take to escape the 9–5:
- Find what you are good at
- Find what you are good at that you like to do
- Find what you are good at that you like to do that solves a problem
- Find what you are good at that you like to do that solves a problem and the people that will pay for it. They can be friends, co-workers, people you do or have done business with or new prospects
- Find the time to give these new clients great service
- Free yourself of the fear that you are not good enough, the fear that can’t you do it. Yes you can
- Find what works within this process and what doesn’t
- Revise the plan and repeat the new process
Get that side hustle paper. Make enough of it and enough strong connections in this new journey, save the money or invest it into the new business. Use all of your connections and resources, talk to people about what you are doing. Make sure it doesn’t conflict with your job, not trying to burn bridges out here. Do great work. With a timeline in place you can bounce from your job, work for yourself, make your own rules and drank them mimosas on Monday’s!