I'll have to think if this has always been true -- do the most successful days overwhelmingly account for the most production and getting things done?
Here were Day Six's objectives --
PLAN FOR DAY SIX:
*Wake 1:20PM for 1:30PM call.
*Have a good call, get reqs for that project
*Immediately after call,
--Bring laptop with to gym
*Post-gym: Flow state, solicit some feedback and take a crack at writing (my best shot… maybe write a "pretty damn solid" piece if a great one isn't happening)
*Lead-gen from 8PM to 11PM, work very fast on it
*11PM: Hit the phones immediately. I've never tried Pomodoro's before, but maybe that's the answer here.
Leaving for Day7…
*Whatever last sales calls to do
*Contact nonprofit officials
…and somehow, despite the week being off-track quite badly, the core stuff all seems to be happening.
Here's what happened --
Awake: 1:25PM (5 hours sleep)
3:30PM: Two phonecalls -- philanthropy and getting some counsel.
5PM: Distraction, errands. (30 distraction, 60 general-life)
7:10PM: (60 fitness, 20 phonecall, 20 general-life, 30 thinking/reflecting)
11:10PM: Amazing writing session. Wrote 3,000 words of a fantastic piece. (240 writing)
12AM: (50 general-life)
12:30AM: Thought call was at midnight, actually it's 12:30AM… (30 semi-productive)
2AM: (60 sales, 30 productive)
6:30AM: (90 sales/service, 240 discussing marketing/strategy/product/business/etc)
3:20PM: Still awake… weird end of day, a mix of really high level stuff (which got me excited, had a lot of energy, went to the gym, etc) and then mixed in email, maintenance, low level stuff, and then the rain comes down a crazy amount and I stay in the cafe to weather it, and now it's 3:30PM. (Not really tracked, almost all decent time, some of it very good.)
4:10PM: Damn, did a bunch more good stuff. Need to grab a quick few hours of sleep though. (40 productive)
Looks amazing and pretty good, and then around 6:30AM, I don't sleep and keep on going. I get a lot done, but it definitely throws sleep schedule off-track.
Day hit almost exactly -- except only added three more sales calls (yet, another client signed on -- which means my hit rate has been way up from before). Stayed up much later than would have been prudent, meaning Day 7 of the week needs to be met pragmatically/realistically.
I did some great writing, 3000 words of a piece that I actually like enough that I'll get some feedback on editing before releasing. Then some sales, some business, fitness, and just a good day all around.
Staying up really really late at the end is on the unusual side for me -- I just jumped into this 90 Day thing, and if anything the first week has been more crazy and varied than normal. Day Seven will likely be a little on the low side, and the first week of this thing is going to probably be very slightly short of the metrics/objectives, but still much higher than would have been otherwise.
It's funny how even when the week got derailed on Day 2, just having goals means you can stay roughly on track.
Here was the night-before for Day 5:
Day 5 plan (done the next day, didn't do before sleep):
Once awake, focus on creative writing until it's complete.
Do some general clearup maintenance.
Last week, when I was talking about making instant habitual change, I gave the example of turning of the computer at 11pm to avoid staying up late and sleeping in. This has been a pretty awesome change for me, so I want to go into a bit more detail.
The rule is simple. Computer is off at 11pm, even if I'm mid sentence in a conversation. No exceptions, no excuses. I've stuck to this 100% since starting 3 weeks ago or so. I'm definitely receiving the intended benefit of going to bed early, but along with it have come a bunch of other benefits that I hadn't counted on.
I used to believe in the idea that there are morning people and night people. I think it's much more nurture than nature, now. I wake up consistently before 9am, wide awake. I go to sleep tired around midnight. I was the epitome of a night owl, and now I'm definitely not. There are some downsides, like not being able to stay up all night to finish something, but they haven't had much of an impact on me. If you're a night owl and want to try being an early bird for a while, figure out what's keeping you awake and force yourself to stop it at a certain time every night.