There are two schools of thought:
1) save money in your regular job to help start being a maker
2) quit and be a maker and than you have to make money
If you have to choose, choose being a maker.
I always wanted to be a maker. But I'm also scared sometimes. Because I don't know how to survive until I start making money.
I've always 'liked' working ~20 hrs a week for a company and the rest of the time on my own projects. Not because a regular job is nice, but it helps to stay in touch with normie world and it's nice to have colleagues. It leaves plenty of time to pursue my own projects plus with the income of the 20 hrs I can pay all my bills. This way I don't have to stress about making money and I can do whatever I want on the side.
You might want to consider this option instead of choosing either a full time job or being an indie maker.
@jelmerdeboer thanks for the reply. With my current job, I have to work 40hrs. And I don't think they will agree If I want to work only for 20hrs.
I block websites as well. Especially news websites were a real anxiety booster. Since five months I have not read/watched/listened to news and it’s so nice I never want to go back.
What really helps to focus though are walks as well as strength trainings without bringing a phone. Keeps the mind clear of distractions and I’m really able to process thoughts I can force into action later.
About being productive: I try to slice tasks into manageable pieces. For example when I’m writing a blog post or book chapter, it’s split between draft, editing, polishing, publishing and promoting.
On keeping a clear mind while working: I tend to write stuff that pops up into my mind on post-its to be sure I will look after them later and keep working on whatever was interrupted.
Are there no cases where you might yourself be interested in a topic and browse for books? Or read something and want to learn more about the topic or from the author? Only recommended by others?
Had to think about it, but no. I think the reason is that I'm not a reader just yet. I'm trying to build this habit. So if I buy a book, then it had to cross my way a couple of times before. For all the info that I'm interested in, I usually use Google and YouTube to get insights into the topic.
Thank you for your reply @gvrizzo ! So for you it boils down to: is the subject something that can help you improve yourself, right? You need a clear focus on the direct benefits for you. Are there specific books you've read recently that come into mind?
Yes. I'm currently reading "Positioning" (Al Ries and Jack Trout) which talks about positioning and good / bad names. It's going to help me because I'm in the midst of rebranding #csspro
Thank you for your reply @jefftriplett ! Interesting to read you're into audiobooks. I've been postponing taping my books because I'm unsure about the possible reach. Will look into this.
Thank you for your reply @tomcnle ! I will make sure to create a nice cover :-D
I like this idea.
Agree. Would be nice to get some more information about the people working on the projects on here.