Plan for Day 19 was pretty loose --
[Day 18 was an] attempt and fail at High Creative Mode.
Let's take another crack at it tomorrow. Same objectives?
The results were that I got up quite late, took a crack at it, but when it wasn't coming together I took some smaller guaranteed wins -- went to the gym, made phonecalls, did some general work that needed to be done. A fine if unspectacular day --
Awake: 5:20PM (or a little earlier) (10 hours)
I'll make another attempt at High Creative Mode today. I should also perhaps have some "acceptable distraction activities"?
*Write the GGW plan
--> After complete, can either
--Celebrate / relax a little
--Go to the gym
--Do a sales training thing
--> If I need a break,
Ok, food now.
6PM: Took vitamins, straightened up, ate slowly. Work now. Quick thought: it's kind of muggy/humid in the office. Should I go somewhere else? I'm distinctly getting the impression that it's going to be low percentage to stay here…
7:55PM: That was predictable. Spent time reading history, law, general internet surfing… some valuable, some not. What now?
1. Gym, or,
2. Take a crack at high creativity.
I think gym is the right call, because it's a guaranteed win. And good anyways. Ok, there it is. After the gym, food and blog, shower and clean up, then another crack at creativity.
8:05PM: On the way to the gym, had a great idea on some work. Setting an alarm so I won't spend more than 30 min. on it, and still have time to lift.
8:45PM: Did good work. The alarm trick worked -- I finished quickly and am now packing up to hit the gym in time.
9:55PM: Awesome workout for legs. Covered in sweat, exhausted, and happy. Eating again.
10:45PM: Nice food. Just reading, relaxing, making a couple phonecalls right now.
1:20AM: Some reading, some wasting time.
2:35AM: I'm in "zombie-effectiveness" mode where I'm tired, not thinking clearly, yet just grinding away and getting minor things done (answering email, downloading stuff, skimming briefings, etc). It's oddly enjoyable.
3:55AM: Reading and thinking, a little work.
"Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here." -- Inscription on the Gates of Hell, Dante Alighieri's "Inferno"
The worthy detour? I think I've got a formula for "High Creative Mode"... just it's not particularly consistently effective yet, and it's playing a pretty high stakes game. On Day Seventeen, I made my first crack at applying it, and had an incredible day. I wrote a 5000-word piece, that after editing and getting the ending right, I think could be amazingly fantastic. Just writing it was a joy.
Following from that, I was walking on air for the rest of the day.
In Day Eighteen, I attempted the same thing, and fell short. This was maddening, and the whole day was aggravating. I think I've got a rough formula for High Creative Mode, but it doesn't produce 100% results. And when it fails, it's pretty ugly, at least so far.
I kept detailed notes on both days, much more fleshed out than usual. There's more stream-of-consciousness. They're... honestly, a little weird. You can evaluate for yourself:
If you perform at an average rate, you'll probably have an average life. Yes, there are exceptions, but counting on an exception is a weak plan. If you want an above-average life, you're going to have to perform above at an above average rate.
You don't need to be above average in every single respect. That would be nice, but strong gains are usually made through focus. Someone who is average in every way except for one key skill will probably have a better than average life.
The old way of accruing advantage was accumulating general knowledge. Universities were created because access to experts (teachers) and information (books) were scarce. Getting into a college and having access to those resources (and the ability to absorb some of them) was a valuable thing.
Now we have the internet, so general knowledge isn't very valuable. That's not to say it's worthless, just that the average amount of general knowledge people are working with is so high that's it's hard to really stand out there, and that if you're missing a piece of knowledge, you can quickly and cheaply fill that gap. I know nothing about botany, but I bet that in one day I could learn more than 85% of the general population. In the past that wasn't the case.