First Things First

January 10, 2020

For the last 4-5 months of 2019, I really wanted to make some progress with SendView. So instead of the usual evening and weekend, I decided that I’d wake up at 6:00am – an hour before the rest of the family – and get some extra work in.

On the surface, it worked. During that stretch I:

But slowly, around the first part of December, I noticed all those early morning and short nights add up. Specifically, I noticed that it was impacting the day job:

  • If I got frustrated by a bit of side-project code not working, I’d end up starting the work day frustrated and on the wrong foot.
  • If I worked on something that was mentally taxing, I’d feel tired before I could even have my first meeting at the day job.
  • Fridays afternoons had never been a relief for me, but they started to be. I was just worn out.

The end goal of SendView isn’t to quit the 9-5, so I decided to put first things first and not do any side hustle work until after the day job.

Two weeks in, it’s made a huge difference.

I’m more creative at work, I’m more patient, I’m more focused. I’m finding myself in situations where I might have gotten frustrated a couple months ago, but now it ain’t no thang. And when I get to SendView work after some dinner and skiing with the kids? I’m feeling refreshed and doing great work there too.

Plus, I’ve had time for a bit more exercise and reading which is awesome.

I’ll report back on this one again in a few weeks, but so far so good.

More updates from my side hustle journal:
Handing Off
June 12, 2020
A Step Back
June 8, 2020
A New Logo
May 29, 2020
May 24, 2020
Better & Better
May 15, 2020
Facebook Ads
May 8, 2020
Blocks of Time
May 1, 2020
Sylvester McMonkey McBean
April 24, 2020
Being Kind
April 17, 2020
The Telling Week
April 11, 2020
A Telling Week
April 3, 2020
A Pricing Page Predicament
March 27, 2020
A Clear Reminder
March 20, 2020
Just Do It
March 13, 2020
Little Things
March 6, 2020
Confidence and Pricing
February 28, 2020
February 21, 2020
February 15, 2020
Partnering Up
February 7, 2020
A Good Week
January 31, 2020
One by One
January 24, 2020
January 17, 2020
First Things First
January 10, 2020
The Build or Not to Build
January 3, 2020
December 31, 2019

Hi, I'm Gregg.

I'm a SaaS marketer and maker.


Never heard of me? All good, these days I don't chase influence as much as I do balance. By day I run marketing for Inntopia and evenings see me building SendView, but my happy place is adventuring in the mountains with my family.