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.
Last Wednesday a friend decided to buy an RV in Portland, Oregon. Knowing that a decent part of my recent life has been dedicated to ripping apart my RV and rearranging it, he offered to fly me up there to check it out with him and drive back down. Done deal.
Two days later we're greeted at the Portland airport by a beautiful 2000 Roadtrek 170. I used to think that my RV was the shortest fully functional RV, but I was wrong. This thing is only 17 feet (vs. my 20'8"), and still manages to pack in a bathroom, kitchen, and all that. The only thing stopping me from selling mine and buying one is the fact that it doesn't have a full-time bed. Other than that, this thing is ideal. So if you're RV shopping in this size range, check it out.
Here are a few snippets from the trip: