Here was the plan for Day 12. If you remember, I was wrecked a few days earlier and looking to re-track --
Plan for tomorrow…
Over the next 3 days, need,
*Morning, a couple errands (power, etc)
*Afternoon, take a quick crack at writing
*Go to gym
*Meet Stepan, goals, etc.
*Sleep early enough, tomorrow doesn't have to be crazy -- more important to just be on track
Here's what happened -
Awake: 11:30AM (8 hours sleep)
2:20PM: Morning routine, getting power charged, getting boots repaired, sitting and thinking. (120 general-life, 50 distraction)
4:30PM: (130 reading)
6:20PM: (60 fitness, 30 general-life, 20 relaxing/eating)
11:20PM: Very good, long conversation, goal-setting, planning. (300 planning/social)
2:40AM: (120 relaxing, 20 general-life)
3AM: (20 planning)
I keep missing my f***ing metrics... while doing other stuff that's important and unimportant. I had a few things that came up that were urgent -- the renters at one of my properties used 3 months of power in one month, so I had to go get it recharged at the ICBC bank... I had an opportunity to get my boots fixed, so I did that. Then worked out. Then had an opportunity to sit with Stepan, who I work with, and do some really great discussion and planning that was a very good use of time, and then go get a massage and foot massage together.
There was 2-4 hours throughout the day that I could have buffed up and geared down on, but... well, I don't know. This is the blessing and curse of having metrics. This would feel like a massively productive and important day without metrics, but with them I notice that I'm not advancing in those core areas of focus so much.
That brings us to Day 13, which was "Meh" --
Monday: Calls at 3PM, 5PM, and 7PM. Client call at 5AM.
PLAN FOR TOMORROW --
Wake: Whenever. Modafinil.
Before the 3/5/7 calls, look to finish GGW biz plan. Brainstorm whom to reach out to, do so.
3PM: Catch up, etc.
7PM: Shopify, GGW.
8PM: Go through a sales lessons.
After that -- sales calls.
Sleep late-ish, then sleep in.
I didn't track the day very well, but the results were "Meh" -- that's the problem with being busy but not productive. Again, I had a bunch of phonecalls and client work strewn throughout the day. In individual note, each one of these things was productive and a good use of time.
YET, those core areas aren't being advanced. So, it's good to have metrics, since it keeps you focused, yet it's maddening to note everything that's happening.
I put some ads up for real estate to keep occupancy up, I followed up with people, I did client work... but those really core areas of the 90-Day run weren't really happening. I did get a few really great moments and productivity pushes, so I enjoy and cherish that... but those core areas got neglected none-the-less mostly.
Metrics -- a curse and a blessing. They don't lie. You did what you set out to do, or you didn't. Okay, you did something better? Or were busy? Well, great, but that means you weren't living the core focus.
You've got to be flexible and adaptive, but also have to followthrough and achieve what you set your mind to. This is the curse and blessing of metrics -- you can't lie to yourself, and we all love to lie to ourselves.
Your closing line really brings it home. We do indeed love to lie to ourselves. It's all too easy to sit out in the audience and convince yourself that you have taken "action" by reading about somebody else's results. Right. I think not.
As you say, metrics help keep you honest. Looks like my next step is selecting some appropriate metrics and getting to tracking them.
Thanks for the inspiration and the honest sharing.
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?
I'm exhausted. I took a red-eye from Las Vegas to DC, which is a bad idea to begin with because the flight is only four hours long. Even if you sleep the whole time, you're still exhausted. I didn't sleep, though, partly because it's hard to sleep on planes, and partly because the largest airplane neighbor I've ever had was pressed up against me and threatening to engulf my thigh in hers.
So I didn't sleep at all, and I'm exhausted.
I can't really afford to be exhausted, though. If I go to sleep at noon, which I desperately wanted to do, my schedule would be shot for days. And I have to do a touch Sett, do a language tape, and write a blog post.
It's so easy to push that burden to your future self and suffer later. I'll just write two blog posts tomorrow. I can skip a day on my language tape and leave it up to my future self to pick up the slack. Sett stuff can wait. And, hey, why not sleep now and fix that sleep schedule later?