In my case, a global pandemic sort of created it for me. I suddenly had way more free time where I wasn't distracted, tired, or hungover. And as a result, I reconnected to my dreams and my bigger goals for myself.
My dream, of course, was to be an Indie Maker. And I decided my first tangible step towards that dream would be launching a product on Product Hunt.
I had tons of ideas of what I wanted to make, but I was stuck in decision paralysis and I wasn't making progress on any of them.
Luckily, at the time, I was working with a career coach who helped me finally decide on one idea to work on. She gave me the following prompts to help guide me to a decision:
In the end, she was really guiding me to trust my intuition.* And with this guidance, I finally picked an idea and went with it.
*(Btw, she has an audio course on how to use your intuition, use my discount BAGELS25 if you're interested!)
At the time, I was still working a full-time job, so I wasn't going to make much progress on my project without some serious intention and effort.
So, I set an intention of working on my project for just 30 minutes everyday and I tracked it using the prototype I was working on (I know...very meta) which was an SMS bot that helped you track your habits.
I had tried tracking habits before but was never able to stick with it. But the text message format really worked for me and I tracked for 4 months! Looking at my data, I did this habit 42 times over that time period (about a 53.8% success rate) which comes out to about 21 hours of work!
For a while, I knew I should be "building in public" but I wasn't exactly sure what that meant or how to do it. I was talking with Steph Smith and she gave me some great advice: Don't overthink it. Just tweet, "hey I'm building this thing in public from now on, here is what it is and why I'm building it". So I did:
I'm still figuring it out, and I never know if I'm posting the right kind of stuff, but I try to get over my ego and just post whenever something comes to mind that I think is interesting or helpful.
It was so scary and I did not feel ready, but January was approaching and I knew people were starting to think about New Years resolutions. This was a great time to launch a habit tracking product and I didn't want to miss out.
I knew there was never going to be a "right time" so I just went for it, and it was a huge success (in my book!). I made it on the homepage, in 8th position, with 232 upvotes!
Here's the link to the launch: https://www.producthunt.com/posts/hey-it-s-harold
It wasn't until a month later that I got an email from Product Hunt saying they were awarding me with $5k for the inaugural Product Hunt Maker Grant! I was so caught off guard that I thought it was a scam!
If you want to learn more about how I built Harold, here's the Maker Grant Announcement Post.
Are you getting suck on any of these steps? Comment below and I'll try to help where if I can!