Forgive me for the lack of updates on the 90 day run. The last two weeks have been interesting, to say the least.
Day 57, speaking at an event at Tsinghua University --
Awake: 11:30AM (4 hours)
5PM: (90 minutes cleaning/organizing/general-life, 240 practicing talk)
10;30PM: (120 transit, 60 speaking, 60 socializing, 90 practicing)
11:10PM: (20 relaxing, 20 maintenance)
11:55PM: (45 work-call)
12:15AM: (20 productive)
End-of-day: Solid day. Exhausted.
Plan -- Sleep 12+ hours. Wake at noon or later. From noon, immediately head to office.
1PM - 6PM:
*Movie video from iPhone to Toshiba for charity and talk yesterday.
*Look at writing plan; move it forwards.
*Add all contacts on sheet from Mongolia to address book.
6PM - 9PM: All active clients into Trello.
Onwards -- Client calls.
Day 58 --
Awake: 2:30PM (14 hours sleep)
3:30PM: Made a mistake -- had my email left open in my browser window, saw one I really wanted to click and read, did so, that set off a storm of email, then distraction… so didn't jump onto most valuable tasks right away.
4PM: Showered, dressed, heading to office.
4:25PM: At office. Transferring videos to computer.
6:10PM: Internet was down, did miscellaneous things and reading.
10:55PM: On Skype, business development / organization / fulfillment.
4:20AM: Lots of client work, some big improvements. (270 productive, 55 distraction)
6:05AM: Another 40 minutes with client. A bit of reading, a bit of internet-surfing, time for sleep.
Awake ~3PM, GGW…
--Marketing docs for recruiting
--Plan for 2nd video
--Plan for contact management
Finish… 5PM? Realistically, will want to rest/relax/dinner a bit?
6PM onward: Follow agenda on DS Skype call. Mostly finishing clientwork, also upsells.
9PM+: Contact all clients not spoken to Thurs.
*Plan for writing
*Add all contacts on sheet from Mongolia to address book.
My tracking gets more sporadic over the next two weeks. Here's Day 61 --
Awake: ~12:50PM (6 hours)
Charity/fundraising for a couple hours.
Nap/sleep until 6PM.
8:20PM: Went for a walk, got food and groceries.
9PM: Figuring out real estate, rents, flights.
Now what for the rest of the night?
*A short blog post - DONE
*Putting contacts into Outlook
12:40AM: Spend a few hours reading about Zen, particularly Rinzai. I wonder if it'd be possible to put contacts into Outlook in a mindful way.
4:30AM: I was able to work mindfully for a while, which was satisfying afterwards. Spent the rest of the night reading. Sleeping now.
At some point, the mix of travel, tons of work, etc., meant exhaustion set in and I lost 3-4 days to it. I slept 14+ hours a couple days; one day I was only awake about 10 hours before going back to sleep.
Exhaustion does funny things to your mind. I was accomplishing a heck of a lot -- speaking, working on projects, getting deals finished. Also built out two tech systems that are very useful -- one using Trello for clients to follow their projects which has been hugely helpful for moving things forwards (I'll probably write about it later), and second, I finally got around to building a contact database with tagging and actions on it -- so I've started putting everyone I know into a tagged and sorted database.
It's huge, that's been on my things to do list for years now. It was meeting a German woman running a bakery in Ulaanbaatar who was big into it that finally gave me the last push to it. Huge gains.
It's funny, though. Exhaustion does terrible things to your mind. I was accomplishing relatively decent stuff outside of the 3-4 days I was resting, but I felt pretty anxious and pretty bad.
Not so long ago, I resolved to stop trusting my emotions... they're too unreliable as an entrepreneur, where you're going through highs and lows. You're trying to meet people, put deals together. Something unexpectedly breaks through; you get ecstatic. Someone you work with does something really boneheaded and destroys a month of planning and thousands of dollars of opportunity (and they should know better!) -- you get furious. You work like crazy, exhaustion sets in, nothing feels good. Or you go on an inventive run and feel euphoric and unstoppable.
I'm trying to train myself to acknowledge the emotions -- there's something valuable there -- but not to trust them.
The reliable, good guy you know who just screwed up? It's not the end of the world, and shouldn't be overreacted to.
We got the deal, we executed on it, the Director is thrilled, and wants to introduce us to the billionaire owner of the conglomerate? Well, don't get too excited or giddy. (That happened this week too.)
Got a meeting with an office of the State Department? Okay. Keep working. The guy from the Foundation is leaving town and you won't get to meet him? No problem. My business partner and buddy almost had a chance to meet Jack Weatherford in Mongolia (he wrote "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World"; he was awarded The Order of the Polar Star, the highest award for foreign citizens from the Mongolian government). He was very excited.
It didn't happen. Then he was really disappointed.
Emotions? Useful but not trustworthy if your life has too many swings on them. I've been trying to pay attention to some fields that lead to emotional control -- Rinzai Zen Buddhism, reading philosophy, staying mindful.
It's not always easy, but definitely required for sanity.
The whole not trusting your emotions is supremely useful. Tons of entrepreneures (myself included), crash for a couple days and feel like crap, despite the high productivity that lead to the crash.
If you could write a post that talks about how you manage your crashes, I (and many others) would get serious value from it.
Most of the important aspects of my work work requires focus and creativity. One thing I'm realizing, then, is just how destructive it is When focus is thrown off first thing to start the day.
Here was the plan for Day 24 --
Sleeping at 8:50AM.
Setting alarm for 2PM -- 5 hours.
Have to be at Loft at 7PM.
When I first started this schedule, the whole day was a hard period. I was a zombie.
As I moved on, the days started getting ok and the nights were hard.
Soon I felt tired from 11pm-5am, but was ok after that.