My tracking's been off, largely because my routine has been off. Rebasing in a new city/country leads to doing things differently, which teaches you things and leads to upgrades. When traveling, you're more likely to have epiphanies, breakthroughs, and huge gains and changes, but often that consistent day-to-day success and "trend upwards" stuff can get off course.
Here was D41 --
A rough outline of the day --
6:50AM: Awake (7 hours)
10AM: Figuring out pricing and feature mix of new product offering. (180 marketing)
2:30PM: Day got thrown off course. Heavy rainstorms, colleague late to wake, took a long time to find Mobicom since lost… squeezed in some reading.
7PM: (30 walking, 240 social)
9:15PM: Reading, walking, ready to sleep.
D42 was untracked. Had a really intense and tough negotiation that I was drained afterwards (got the deal!), and afterwards was pretty low... went for a many-hours walk. I'd been walking a ton and muscles felt sore and ground down, so consciously got off my diet to increase calories and stay healthy. The rainstorms had been brutal in Ulaanbaatar, so lots of dancing around big pools of water, etc.
In the nighttime, I found an awesome 24-hour workspace -- coincidentally, the guys I'm here working with found the same place, we ran into each other, and got some good stuff done into the early morning.
No tracking -- a lot of the "trend upwards" stuff is off, but big wins coming online regularly lately.
A few questions from a reader today -
I've been in a slump recently where I have gotten very little done, and i was trying to figure out how to stop it. I could clearly see I was slacking off, falling into a pattern (probably an old one) of using my time more or less pointlessly and getting only the essentials done (which i was greatful for). I was able to turn a good portion of the wasted time toward something productive, but the time itself I still consider a waste, things I was doing without an intension to use the experience.
So I have two question here. Whats the best way to pull yourself out of a slump, to re-engage yourself and bring yourself back up to the projected level of prductivity (or at least a realistic level) ?
Fundamentals. Fundamentals are the only way out of slumps. A little exercise, a little eating well, enough sleep, some time in nature or breathing, some time with people you like, setting goals at the beginning of the day for the day, starting work on those right away, and sleeping on a decent schedule.
That's the only way I've found. There's no magic. When in a rut, work on fundamentals to get out. While that's not always easy, that seems to be the only way. Also, celebrate the small victories. If you're off-track and doing things even a little right, have a little celebration.
Walking has been a big part of simplifying my life. I don’t think there is anything simpler than grabbing a pair of shoes, or going barefoot, and walking to where you are going. At first I found the experience of walking to be incredibly painful. My legs tightened up and hurt for days at a time afterwards I realized this was because I didn't have any leg muscles, and my walking had forced me to start building them up again. I also find walking relaxing and meditative. I'm a thinker, and love to spend my time pondering different ideas or concepts, and figuring out how I could use those ideas in the real world. Walking allows me to do this without any real distractions. I get to have my body moving which helps to disperse built up energy, and I don’t have to worry about the things related to driving.
There are numerous people in history who have spoken about walking and all the benefits it provides. Henry David Thoreau would make himself some breakfast, then choose a direction and walk for hours. He would explore the wilderness around his cabin. Thomas Jefferson said that the morning is for learning different ideas, and the afternoons are for long walks. He felt that it was a good habit of able bodied men, and that with time, you could greatly increase the length of your walks. These walks seemed to help clarify the thoughts of these great thinkers, and enable them to better put those thoughts into words.
The next benefit of walking is the muscles and posture that it helps to develop. The habit of sitting all day has been disastrous to our health. For me personally, it had caused a utter lack of back muscles. So when I overexerted my back, I pulled a bunch of weak muscles in my back, causing long term damage. I believe walking, and standing, help to build all the muscles in your body because you don’t have anything to support yourself or lean on. I think other things should be done to build muscles as well, but walking certainly doesn't hurt.
I love how simple walking is for me. I no longer own a car, and it has been quite a while since I owned a bicycle. I find it such a relief not to have to worry about looking after these items. I no longer have to pay for insurance, gas, repair bills, parking passes, or have the general responsibility of car ownership. Even not having a bicycle is nice. I don’t have to worry about people stealing my bike, or figuring out how to fix it when it gets broken, or getting run over when I'm biking on the road. It is extremely liberating to just walk, not having a care in the world.