Love yourself again
The idea to join medium comes from my friend Arthur. And I’m grateful to be connected with him — he helped me change my life with a straightforward question — more about that below.
Why I’m joining medium?
I’m driven to create, learn and inspire, and I love to do so with like-minded people. Staying in a non-tangible stage with constantly changing ideas makes me feel terrible. I mean it, very, very bad. I’m here to make my weekly reports public and therefore tangible. So that they get a hard time stamp. If these posts are inspiring and motivating for you, then it’s a double win.
Two and a half years ago, I exactly remember the nasty and nagging tone of voice when my friend critically asked:
“Why are you not going for a run every day?” — Arthur
I had this new idea to start running, but only when the weather is good. What made me so frustrated back then were all these commitments to new ideas, but I didn’t follow through. I had thousands of started artworks on the computer, but no website with finalized work online (now they are on https://ottinzky.com/artworks and https://instagram.com/ottinzky ) — here an example of yesterday:
Running and meditation came first. And when I got confident that I have what it takes to follow through, my everyday art joined as a third routine. I accomplish these routines often before 9 am. They give momentum to start a productive day. But let’s jump back to Arthur’s question when none of my artworks existed.
Why am I not going for a run every day? It was hard to answer. I realized that this is something I could start doing. And then I set a rule to trick myself and to keep it up every day.
Just 10 minutes, but every single day.
Today, I’m counting 817 running days, unbroken. And it’s rarely just 10 minutes. I have to admit that keeping it tracked with Runkeeper is significant because it becomes more “real”. Or just a little bit more tangible and therefore easier to follow through. I want to apply the same logic to these posts here on Fridays.
What are these Friday Reports?
At my company, OnSaPa, my co-founder and I used Fridays for our weekly reports. It was a safe space to talk about our progress and our emotional state, and the issues between us. Five questions were essential:
- What was good?
- What to look at in the future?
- What was shitty?
- What should stay as it is?
- What was neglected?
It was enormously helpful to stay on the same page in the short- but also long-term. We knew during the week, when essential but not urgent issues between us occur, that Friday will come to sort it out.
Active listening and asking deeper with open questions were critical to these conversations. And celebrating the good stuff, of course, and recognizing the other party, was motivational to start the weekend and upcoming week.
By the end of Q4 2020, my partner decided to leave our freshly founded company. We developed the core concept and tested it for a period of one year. And that my partner left came unexpectedly.
I’m very grateful that we had practice in communication and listening to each other. The split of the company was straightforward. I have seen companies where it got very nasty between founders. We founded OnSaPa after one of these observations in a Startup: We founded OnSaPa to keep people “On the Same Page” even if they decide to go different ways. So I started the new year 2021 by going ahead with our first client.
Doing Friday reports and OKRs alone
I followed through with OnSaPa’s developed processes. That was helpful because I could rely on them with certainty, even alone. At OnSaPa, we implemented working with OKRs as well (Objectives and Key Results). And by the end of each quarter, it’s OKRs deep dive. It’s about measuring the progress of the ending quarter with its Objectives and Key Results. I scored 0,54 of 1.0 in Q1 2021.
For quarter two, I’m making my OKRs public here on medium. So I can get the same benefit as I get with tracking my runs with Runkeeper or daily meditation with Headspace. So here they are, my OKRs Q2 2021:
Reading “Love yourself again” feels like a super uncomfortable mission. And that “everyone” can read that I’ve got a personal KR of getting new clothes feels a bit awkward. But it’s honest, mainly because I’m admitting to myself that there are things I have to attack in life. In three months, I’m going to be here and measure the results.
The Five Friday Questions
What was good?
- I partnered up with two new clients this week
- I wrote my first post of 12 Friday Reports on medium
- I set the new OKRs with my current client
- I improved the style of my Everydays-Artworks
What to look at in the future?
- Do Friday Reports on medium in the morning
- May write about OKRs and other frameworks in detail
What was shitty?
- Nothing for this week.
What should stay as it is?
- Continuous feedback relation with other entrepreneurs
What was neglected?
- sleeping hours
- admin day
That’s it for the first post — I will be back next week.
Enjoy a fabulous weekend!