Day 46 was untracked. I set priorities in the morning, but then got into a good piece of writing, outlining more writing, and picked up an excellent book and read 150 pages of it. It was Saturday, so was just letting whatever happen.
Day 47 --
Awake: 12:40PM (9 hours)
1:10PM: At hotel with good internet to work. Didn't make a plan for the day.
I should look at…
*Core current campaigns
2PM: Good call about talk in Beijing.
1:30AM: Amazing near 12 hour work session. Long term plans, sales, marketing channels.
3:30AM: Little bit of planning people to meet, socializing.
Carl Shan left a piece of feedback -- that towards the middle of the 90 day campaign, it'd make sense to go back and get into the spirit of it and retrack things.
I'm with him -- it's a good call. I've got about 80-100 hours per week budgeted now between my projects and those hours are largely "pre-set"... when you have that, the advantages of tracking go down (which are much bigger when on solo tasks that require focus)... travel tends to throw off systems too.
But he's right and got a good point. I actually can't see time on my calendar that's open to re-track everything and go back through goals... for instance, I've got work until 4AM today, I'm up at 8AM tomorrow for some meetings and work until the afternoon, then will need a nap to make it the distance until the night for work again.
It's good. I'm meeting tons of people, advancing projects quickly, work's going well, I'm getting invites to tons of things (more than I can handle actually), and have a great flow going on. My health is suffering very slightly with my diet slipping and Red-Bulling up to keep in motion, but beyond that things are going pretty well, though it might not be obvious from the logs here.
Interesting problem, eh? Carl's dead right though, I should clear a five hour block at some point and go clean everything up and systematize a bit more.
Day Twenty-Six turned out to be incredible.
Lately, I've been working a practical process to get into "High Creative Mode" -- I think has a high hit-rate for getting into that Mode, but I'm not able to consistently execute it. D26, I did --
Strange opening to the day. Didn't sleep on the 15th to force-normalize my sleep schedule.
Woke up at 12:30AM after roughly 8 hours -- earlier than I expected, but I felt awake and refreshed.
First 90 minutes of day I spent reading, answered a couple emails, surfed the net, had water and coffee, was a little groggy. I'm waking up now.
I'm sitting by a crackling fire at my aunt and uncle's house in New Jersey and we're just a couple hours into the new year, which means that it's a perfect time to review the year and look forward.
If I were to title my year, I'd call it the year I got serious. Something interesting happened near the end of 2011-- I realized that I wasn't actually on track for a lot of my goals, that I was going to have to actually get serious about stuff, and that this seriousness had to come in the form of action, not talk. I ended 2011 with a few months of solid productivity under my belt, and a year-end post that optimistically predicted a productive year.
I'm happy to say that the productive year materialized, and that my focus on getting serious has intensified.
When I was young, maybe third grade or so, a psychologist did a study at my middle school. We answered some questions and were offered two choices: a small prize now or a large prize later. I took the small prize now. I think knew it was the wrong move at the time, but the pack of stickers on the table looked like a lot of fun. Later on the big prizes were given to the waiters in such a way that I was able to see what they got. Sure enough, their prizes were a lot better and my stickers were long gone.