Today Is the Day
Playing games is now part of my job!
My last day at my regular, full-time job was this past Friday. It was a really nice sendoff–everyone had about a month’s notice, so all of the logistical preparations were taken care of. It was just a matter of actually saying goodbye.
I didn’t want any extra attention, so the goodbye worked in seamlessly with our holiday party. My boss said some nice things, the staff presented a really great video, and I said a little speech that was a mix of humor and sentiment.
And then I drove home and got to work.
This weekend felt like any other weekend–lots of Stonemaier work and a little bit of free time. But I have a feeling the real shock will come today (Monday). Instead of going to work and then coming home to work on Stonemaier, I’ll just…stay at home and work on Stonemaier.
It will be interesting.
I have decided that there are a few things I’ll need to be very careful about:
- I’ll need to get out of the house: Although I have a few set social activities every week, I’m an introvert. I could easily become a hermit if I don’t force myself to go out. Fortunately there are lots of game nights in the area, and I have soccer in the warmer months. Going to church today actually felt like a blessing instead of a task.
- I’ll need to be intentional about creative time: I spend a lot of time doing customer service, operations, and logistics for Stonemaier Games. I’ve found that can easily take up entire days without any time for creative work like game design or writing. I need to designate time for that every day or this isn’t going to be satisfying.
- I’ll need to exercise: Sometimes when I’m in the zone at my desk, I’ll sit here for hours without realizing it. I really need to get up and move. I don’t play soccer in the winter and I hate running, so I’d actually like to find some sort of amusing workout video on YouTube. Something that makes me get up and move. Any suggestions? Ideally it would involve a bunch of women in yoga pants telling me what to do.
- I’ll need to clearly convey to others that working for my own company does not equal unlimited free time/retirement: My *favorite* reaction to my announcement that I’m working on Stonemaier full-time has been, “Enjoy your retirement!” People seem keen to trying to fill up my newfound time as if it’s free time. I certainly appreciate the sentiment, but I need to find a clear and polite way to convey to people that I quit my day job because I needed more time to focus on Stonemaier Games, on which I was already working 40-50 hours a week and barely treading water.
What do you think? Any advice for Pantless Jamey?