Ok. So the summer has been nice. Drinks with friends, long evenings with few worries and beautiful places to see.
The bad news is: that is all over. September is rumbling towards us and if you have been slacking a little on your startups ideas, it’s time to get a plan ready.
You’ve probably promised yourself that you will get out to more events, you’ve also probably committed to waste less time with that Xbox or whatever it is that is distracting you, and you most likely have 3 or 4 decent ideas swimming around in your head.
How are you going to change from relaxing to action?
Don’t promise, DO
Instead of waiting until September to start getting back into the work groove, start now. The extra week might not seem like much, but you’ll prove to yourself that you have the personal control to get busy when you need to, and the last week of August is a slow one for everyone else, so you will have less distractions while you work.
Start talking now
Don’t just promise yourself that you will get out to more *camp and other events “this fall”. Start calling people who you think can help and take them for a beer or lunch NOW. If they aren’t on vacation, chances are that they aren’t doing much at work either. You’ll get their full attention and, hopefully, you’ll have a solid relationship before the September rush.
Set some decent personal goals that you want to achieve in the next year. September is the Entrepreneur’s New Year. At least it always has been for me. Do you want to be selling a product this time next year? Have funding? A lot of people will tell you that goals set a year in advance are useless, but they are a compliment to your more immediate goals, and when you hit them, they are even sweeter.
Focus on one idea
It is torture walking around with a couple of decent or good ideas in your head, and when they both start to become excellent ideas, then you are screwed. Pick one early and stick with it. The other ideas will have to be “might have been”‘s for the rest of your life, or the next year at least.
Keep your calendar open in November
Because we are planning an extra cool event. StartupCongress. End of November, best entrepreneurs in the country, best money people and advisors in the country, all in one place. Open format and focused on giving your startup a leg-up. More info to come.