If you are an avid biker, or if you have done any long journey on your bike, you will be able to relate to this. When we start a journey, we are always in top form. Excited with the prospect of the whole journey that lies ahead of us, the beautiful landscapes, and cruising on the winding roads, we start with great zeal and enthusiasm. If you are a bunch of bikers riding together, most top speeds are met in the first 2 hours of beginning the journey. And then the first pit stop happens. Breakfast, a little chai, smokes for some and the journey continues. The enthusiasm will have dipped a little but you will still have one or two in the group still whizzing past each other. Some more time, and the sun being on peak now, generally the tendency is it hit a average speed and stay at that. No whizzing and accelerating happens now. This generally happens when the terrain gets a little monotonous and the novelty of highways wears of a little.This is a difficult time as one needs to still concentrate on the road, keep the presence of mind and keep riding, because, for sure, the terrain will change and the enthusiasm levels are going to rise again.
The journey of starting up is something of this sort for us. I have always likened my bike trips to journey of life. And entrepreneurship is pretty much a way of life, once you begin something. So when we started off with this idea and were giving shape to the thought, that we felt had value, things were a lot exciting. There were countless things to do. To make something when nothing exists, to raise from ground zero, one needs to do countless things. There is never too much. These are exciting times. We too had our amazing times devising strategy, planning our approach, revising our values etc.,
As things are getting more stabilized now and a certain pattern has been drawn, we saw ourselves slipping into a sense of comfort. We realised, this is not laziness. Laziness would be to not do anything and sit idle. That was not where we were. We were working hard. There were days where we would put in some solid work. But generally we observed that after a few such days we would move into a sort of slumber. Things would get done, but slowly. There was a general feeling of being lost, as we would keep asking ourselves “Now that, this is done. So what next?”
Now when it comes to discipline, we ninjas, aren’t exactly the best advocates of it. We believe we are pretty chilled out, accommodating and easy going (works for us). However, when you are consumed with an idea of building something and eager to see it take shape and come into life, you cant sit back and kick back. You need to move. You need to do. Not sometime. All time. We decided that we need to get our stuff together. Give it a tight binding. Build a path. Set check points. Pretty corporate, we told ourselves.
So we went to our mentor, Google. After googling through countless pages that offered much gyan about how to set one’s path, graph sheets and excel sheets that helped you not to stray, we were completely lost. We felt humbled and crumpled under the heavy tracking stuff. It was all good, but somehow we felt we will not enjoy working in that sort of a framework.
The ray of hope came in form of a notebook. While discussing one day with a pen and notebook (no fancy stuff when it comes to taking notes for us), one of us saw the student timetable printed at the back of the page. We told ourselves, why not. Its simple. Its something we were all used to. Its a different thing we were not used to it. But it was simple.
So we sat down and set down work timetables for each other. What exactly did we do? Each of us have our areas of work chalked out pretty neatly. Then there are activities that go into these areas. We sat down, drew a simple timetable and said we will do these activities at these times of the week. Things that were recurring got mentioned more than once.
It was as simple as that. And yes, its working great for us. All we need to do it is, look into the timetable and we know what activities we need to do for that day.
Did any of you guys to go through phases in your startup lives where you felt a bit lost? Where you were sure of the destination but the next step? How did you guys work around it?
We are eager to know your stories too!