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Observations on Large Productivity (Week One Review)

Slightly over a week ago, I committed to having the most productive 90 days of my life -- and sharing it all with you publicly. I wanted to make huge advances in my core projects, some large personal gains, and -- crucially -- I wanted to come out of this cycle feeling the strongest and healthiest of my life. So, more production than ever before, and being alive, engaged, and energized at the end of it instead of burnt out.

What's happening after one week?

Well, there's good and back. First, there's a strange "I'm being watched!" feeling which slightly increases neurosis/anxiety... and accountability. That's been the most unexpected thing -- a feeling of, "Is this an activity I'd want to own doing publicly with my time, after making a big massive commitment?"

I don't like or dislike it, per se. It's a bit odd. Actually, ok, I like it. (Most of the time!)

What else?

I’m Launching Language270

On Ideas

These past two weeks have been amazing and I have been almost constantly doing what I love: Biking, exploring the city, eating good, diverse foods, reading good books, hanging out with good friends, learning more about nutrition and productivity. Unfortunately, I got very little done. My Japanese and German have been in a state of flux for the past 2-3 weeks mostly because of the countless amount of minutiae I have had to do or be involved in. Fixing my bike, attending information sessions, homework, Socializing, exercising and commuting time. So of course in times like this I ask myself; what can I do or change to make serious progress on my goals?

After a long time thinking about it and reflecting on past times when I had achieved hyper-productivity I’ve come to the conclusion I need a goal with a strong framework setup so that everyday the action I have to take and the amount of time I have to a lot is taken care of.

Without structure you might make progress, but its not effective. Too much time is spent answering an email, commuting, socializing, taking a random shower, or finding out what or where to eat. Having a structure takes away all this, it fixes these issues. Instead of wondering around trying to decide what has to be done, in how much time it should be done, and then being distracted, having a plan lowers down your choices to two things: Do or don’t do.

So I’m launching a new website called language 270. The whole concept is that I will go hardcore on a language, cramming and reviewing everyday, 3 hours a day, for 90 days. I’m kind of cheating with Japanese, since I already know about halfway through Genki 2 (Read: lower intermediate-intermediate), but since I haven't seriously studied in over 6 months a lot of it will be reactivation.

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