I’ve talked before about my worries about starting a new company once I had a kid and family, and now I have a little more to add as I started a new business as of September 17th! I’ve been working full time for a month now and it has been a difficult change.
What changes & takeaways have I made thus far?
My son goes to bed at 8 pm, and I want to have a good chunk of time with him and my amazing wife. To make that happen I’ve switched my schedule to wake up at 5 am so I get some time to workout/rehab/eat, and then I work from 7 am to 4 pm. If I need to work longer I can work another hour or two till 5 pm or 6 pm. My goal is not to do that, but since we are in startup mode and bootstrapping that might happen sometimes.
The flip side of this is that I don’t get the 1v1 time with my wife. To try and improve that we are planning a weekly date night and a chunk of time on the weekend for the two of us. We really need to maintain a strong connection with each other, and we hope this will be part of what helps us do that. I will circle back down the road for how that goes and what we learn.
It is really hard to stay on top of family/personal todos during the week right now. We are going to use that block of time on the weekends to catch up on family and personal projects. One thing we are trying to do is to build out a family vision and make time to talk about what is not working and what is working on that journey.
We are having a hard time finding a dependable awesome babysitter, and that is taking a ton of my wife’s energy and time. And, she is not getting any time to really do all the stuff that keeps her happy and all the little things she does for the family. We are hoping to find a few people soon who can come on set days to help us out a little. Our son is 22 months and we decided to hold off on daycare until he is 3.
After work ends my wife needs a break from the kido, and usually I take over right away. That can be a bit hard if I don’t get some downtime and my wife is in the same situation. We are hoping we get a babysitter soon and that helps. If not I think we plan to increase the number of hours to help there. We are lucky that we can do that as daycare and babysitting is $$$$.
I’ll update more as time goes by 🙂
What is the new business?
The new business started as a fun project to crunch the last 12 months of calendar data and show people how much of their life they spend in meetings (you can see my meeting profile here). If you want to try it, just go here and it will generate a report on how much of your life is spent in meetings too.
The next step is to build out a company version so that a business can gain insight into how much meetings are costing them in time and money. And, we are doing a lot of customer dev interviews to figure out if there is room for a software-driven solution inside some of the problems we are seeing. This really connects me to a big passion I have… which is to see more businesses that are run incredibly well run. Which is part of my much bigger passion to build tools that empower the team to do incredible work and enjoy going to work. There are too many companies stressing out their people and not realizing that is destroying their team and eventually the company.