I was feeling my energy and focus was off, so I decided to take a day entirely off and let come what may. Here's the notes --
Day was unplanned, but good. Did some reading, some daydreaming, got a massage, went for a walk, did more reading… got inspired at one point and answered like 30 emails, including some important ones to advance potential projects. Did some goal-setting and planning, did some brainstorming on writing pieces.
Didn't track the day at all -- didn't even try to. Just relaxed, etc. Sleeping around 3:20AM.
As a side note, my energy/focus was really low, and I wasn't sure why. I sat and thought about it for a while, and I wondered if I was overtrained/undernourished perhaps... I've been eating very clean with basically zero carbohydrates, but maybe I wasn't eating enough?
I sat and thought about it for an hour, then decided to have a cheat day. So I ate rice, some scones, bread and butter, fruit, fruit candy, peanut M&M's, Red Bull, gummy bears, and more bread. I was going quite crazy, I was wondering if my metabolism had slowed down or if I was undernourished.
I decided beforehand that I'd do this, max, every Saturday... and maybe wouldn't do it again for a month, or whatever. Not a regular occurrence.
Something about the day worked -- when I woke up for Day Twelve (today), I felt great, much more energy. I actually meant to sleep 10+ hours, but awoke after only 8 hours feeling fantastic. I'm not sure if it was a day with no forcing work (though I did get a few good things done towards the end), the general massage/chilling out, the lots of reading, or the diet cheat day with high calories... but whatever it was, feeling very good the next day.
Grinding away and drilling down when focus/attention is totally shot is a terrible idea... it just doesn't work. If a little distracted, okay, gear down and work. But it focus/attention totally shot, and it's largely physical more than mental, then spend some time really recharging physically. So, I did, and feeling great now.
As a sidenote, the week's metrics are basically totally shot now, but whatever. I'm here to get the best I can out of myself, to produce as best as I can, to serve, learn, grow, etc. You set targets to have something to measure yourself by, and this week I likely fall short of my targets. I'll analyze why and improve next week. Still a few more days to grab some more production and do some cool stuff, though.