Totally untracked... Days 49 and 50 were a blur, I slept most of each day and ground out a little work.
Day 51, I was reorganizing -- cleaning up a lot of things. Actually did some good principles of general tracking and goal-setting, clearing out, reorganizing, writing a lot of thank you notes and letters, and closing things out.
D52, put together a medium-sized deal and followed up with all 12 clients that had active/incomplete projects with finishing guidelines... I've been kind of out in space, but Stepan's been on fire and that pushed me to get some stuff in.
Days 49 & 50 were totally shot, days 51 & 52 were quite good despite being low still. I'm going to sketch out notes for today (D53) to get tracking restarted... back to Beijing to speak at a conference on Tuesday, and will renormalize my schedule. This Mongolia trip has had amazing points, but some of the consistency of life in the gym/office/work/sleep/wake/read/write/gym/office cycle has slipped being here.
The moral? No moral. Travel can screw up systems despite best intentions. But you already knew that. Just get what you can when things are off-track, and re-track when you can.
Slightly over a week ago, I committed to having the most productive 90 days of my life -- and sharing it all with you publicly. I wanted to make huge advances in my core projects, some large personal gains, and -- crucially -- I wanted to come out of this cycle feeling the strongest and healthiest of my life. So, more production than ever before, and being alive, engaged, and energized at the end of it instead of burnt out.
What's happening after one week?
Well, there's good and back. First, there's a strange "I'm being watched!" feeling which slightly increases neurosis/anxiety... and accountability. That's been the most unexpected thing -- a feeling of, "Is this an activity I'd want to own doing publicly with my time, after making a big massive commitment?"
I don't like or dislike it, per se. It's a bit odd. Actually, ok, I like it. (Most of the time!)
It's been almost six months since I published The Motivation Hacker, my book on how to get yourself to want to do what you always wanted to want to do. Here's what surprised me.
Sales (updates: First Year Book Sales, Second Year Book Sales, Fourth Year Book Sales)
I use a site called PredictionBook to compare my private guesses to reality for things like this. It helps me be less overconfident. I took a brutal calibration beating on my predictions for how many copies I'd sell in the first six months:
Here's how many I actually sold: