At 2: Wake, pack up, straighten Loft up.
At 230: Loft ready.
At 3: Ron call.
Do review of yesterday, post on blog.
Check people in.
Go to gym.
Eat a lot.
GAP: What to do here?
*GGW biz plan… JUST OPEN IT AND RE-READ
Quick runthrough of all clients.
10PM: Marketing/lead sourcing until sleep.
Results (doesn't tell much of the story) --
Noon: Good start to the day. (40 blog)
Food: 3 eggs, peanuts, coconut oil, coffee.
2:50PM: Hmm, got slightly off-track. Mix of distraction, and necessary stuff. (60 semi-productive, 30 general-life, 60 distraction)
5:50PM: It's so easy to get caught in doing somewhat valuable things. (90 semi-productive, 120 social)
Rest of the day: Spent thinking about how to generate high creativity, followed by amazing conversation and figuring the stuff out on paper. Huge dividends coming henceforth, I think.
Slept around 6AM.
From 5:50PM to 6AM, I was broadly looking at the question, "What causes high creativity?" I came up some remarkable answers -- it's already the next day, and huge gains follow. I'll have more analysis later, but basically, I was looking at why things were difficult / not flowing, and tried to build something better around that. After 1 day, it looks very promising... updates to follow over the next few days.
After Day Two was off the rails entirely, I wanted to rest and recuperate a little, so I set my benchmarks low. Okay, I'd rather gear down and be Conan the Barbarian with a big ol' sword, but it didn't work out like that.
Here was my plan, emphasis added --
Wake 5:30PM (7 hours sleep… hmm). GGW call scheduled for 6PM.
GGW call concludes… 7PM?
Right now I'm waiting to start a video interview. I called in early, but my friend who is doing the interview wasn't ready, so I've got five or ten minutes to kill before we get started. My first inclination was to catch up on email. I only had a couple to write, so I finished them quickly. Still some time to kill. I took a look at a SETT bug that's high priority, but the solution wasn't the obvious one that I thought it might be. I'll have to take a deeper look when I have more time. Still have a few minutes before we start. May as well write a blog post.
I think that there are two basic modes that a productive person's mind can be in. There's that mode where you're going to get your work done, but you'll fight yourself every step of the way. When you're in that mode, your reticular activation system, the part of your brain that is constantly scanning, looks for non-work things to do. Ooh, five minutes before the call-- why don't you browse Facebook? I call this the distraction-first mode.
I've been in distraction-first mode plenty of times, probably spent most of my life there, but today I'm not, so when I have a few minutes of downtime, my default is to find something productive to do. Email, SETT, blog post. Productivity-first mode. It's not that I force myself to fill these minutes with something productive, it's that it's what I actually want to do. That's the magic of it.
Being in productivity-first mode is beautiful. It's like living your life in a flow state, executing task after task without the mental toll of having to cheerlead yourself into doing. Emails finished, open up my code editor with no hesistation and start poring through the source code. Determine that it needs more time than I have, and before I can even think, I'm two sentences into this blog post.