By: Chris Waits

Lately I have been feeling very bloated.  I don’t mean overweight (I am a little), but mentally bloated – with distractions, ideas, fears and schemes to allay fears.  But during a week in the UK visiting my daughters I had the opportunity to have some headspace and to retrospect and I found the determination for renewed discipline to finding the focus I desperately need.

One of my greatest strengths is the ease I have in having ideas, however I find that execution is difficult for me – yet I enjoy trying to go beyond the idea to the the product and beyond still, to a thriving business around the product.

As you may know , I am spending most of 2013 in Spain, working on my startup.  I am working on building a business currently called ServiceChat – which is aimed at helping online businesses enhance their customers’ experience and their business brand perception through deeper customer engagement.

But focus has been eluding me since my family and I got here.  A number of ‘other’ things have distracted me –  Wizetrader (my automated forex trading Expert Advisor), this blog, twitter, my family settling in, improving my Spanish and also trying to improve my wellbeing through exercise and meditation.  All the while trying to build my startup – ServiceChat.

Something has to give – either I focus or I forget the whole thing. The former is essential and the latter is not going to happen.


My 3 Things for 2013

I had a good chat with myself and we agreed that this year is about 3 fundamental things.

  1. The Startup
    Focus on customer discovery and development, find early adopter customers, get some funding, learn and build what my customers want.
  2. Get Conversational in Spanish
    We came to Spain to enjoy the country, to immerse ourselves in it. Language is a huge part of that immersion and experience and that is why this is important.
  3. Improve my Wellbeing
    I’m precious to myself, to my family and to the world. I have to take better care of my entire wellbeing. This means making time for exercise, improving my physical fitness (and yes, lose some weight), learning to be still and making time to play with my family.

That is it – everything else not directly connected with any of these is out.  This means:

  • Less Twitter and more @buffer (now made easier with my app @bufferdm);
  • Make my trial routine permanent (more on this soon);
  • Measure how I’m doing daily (make short term goals and track how I’m doing against them).


I Need Your Help.

I plan to retrospect on my daily experience around 10:30pm Central European Time everyday except Saturdays. Following my daily retrospective, I will  re-plan and set my goals for the coming day.

I commit to write a short blog post on what learnings and improvements I have made and the plan for the next day.

Please check to see I have and ask me about it if I haven’t.
Practically, this really means watch out for a tweet from me announcing the blog post (it goes out automatically on a post – hurray for WordPress).
You should expect it around 11pm (Central European Time). I would love if you would then glance over the retro post and if you think its flakey  – please talk to me about it!  I promise to keep it concise and digestable (and who knows, you might even find some of what I learn valuable for something you are involved in).

If you are willing to help, please tweet me with #HappyToHelp and I will add you to a list of helpers.  

It would mean a huge amount to me if you could help me to find and sustain the discipline I need to focus. I would be delighted to do the same for you.


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