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.
71 hours, 58 minutes into my 72 hour fast: I sat at the dinner table, my plate of food steaming in front of me. I didn't know how my stomach would take food, so I decided to start with small, easy to digest foods: Olives, raisins, grapes, assorted nuts, steamed broccoli and some salsa for dipping. I had some chicken prepared and ready to go on the grill, but I was going to give that another hour or so.
Sitting in my chair, I leaned over and inhaled deeply. When you don't eat for a long period of time, your sense of smell intensifies. I had gone to a grocery store earlier that day, and it was intoxicating. Walking into the store was like walking into a brick wall. I was inundated with smell, I just stopped and stood in the entrance, eyes closed, taking it all in. Charlie did the shopping, and I just ran from display to display, leaning over and inhaling deep.
I had two minutes left in my fast, and I spent it with my eyes closed, lost in smell. My phone hit midnight, and I began to eat. I was unsure how my stomach would accept food, so I wanted to take it slow. I ate my dinner nut by nut, raisin by raisin, olive by olive. It took me about an hour to finish my plate, but I enjoyed every bite of food to its fullest. I'd let the grapes sit in my mouth for up to a full minute, absorbing the taste, before biting just enough to let the juice leak out into my mouth. I'd finish cleaving the grape in half, and let the two halves wander around my mouth, saturating my taste buds with flavor. The broccoli dissolved in my mouth, and when ever something was dipped in the salsa my tongue was overwhelmed by the sensation. As I neared the end of my dinner, I grilled a chicken breast. I cleaned my plate of the first course just as the chicken finished, and I probably spent thirty minutes on the single filleted breast of chicken.
I learned a lot from my fast, but not all of it I can put into words. A good deal of it was just learning more about my body, becoming closer and more in tune with it.
The first and most obvious thing I learned was that I can go three days with only water without radically modifying my daily schedule. I led and participated in a parkour conditioning session, I juggled, I biked to and from campus several times, and I led a Taekwondo class. I got an average amount of sleep each night and only took one nap.