I've been cutting, focusing, cutting more, focusing more.
Day 30 wasn't tracked, but was remarkably similar to Day 31, which was:
Woke: Approx 11AM
Reading 1 hour.
Phone 90 minutes.
3:30PM: A mix of reading, somewhat valuable, and distraction / surfing the net.
Expansionary work from 4PM to 11PM, client calls 11PM to 2AM.
Then, I took Day 32 (Saturday) off entirely.
You'll note I got off of time-tracking and setting goals the night before. This is a huge... what's the opposite of a boon? An anti-boon? Anyways, if setting goals the night before is a gigantic boon to productivity, then not setting them is a tremendous waste of an opportunity.
The reason my days pick up so much around 4PM is because we have a whiteboard at the office and that's when we work on expansionary things, just going straight down the list on the whiteboard. Which always turns out well.
Time to go back and get onto those core things. The last couple weeks have a lot of work, and some pretty good wins mixed in, but not that "700%+ of normal production" that's possible with a bit more planning and focus.
Take a look at the night before's plan for Day 14 --
Sleeping at 6:30AM. Wake… approx 4PM?
4:30PM: --Re-do my tracking --Blog --Think a lot about the next week
5:30PM: Do one sales lesson, summarize current where I'm at on sales process.
6:30PM: Take a quick crack at writing.
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.