Got a lot of great feedback and comments on this. Let's address them all.
Should we destroy our health in the process? (No.)
After 90 days, you’ll probably be broken. You’ll *have* to rest. -- Paulo
I disagree with this. Rest is a important part of being productive. -- Eduardo
I agree with Eduardo, I'm going to try something a little different -- keeping my health up as a core focus of this campaign, with good sleep, good exercise, good nutrition, good mental health and habits, and adequate relaxation. Burnout is so counterproductive, that I think avoiding it is crucial. There won't be any deathmarching here... if I feel my health start to go, I'll reevaluate, even cut other metrics to keep the health up. It's that important.
Awesome. Lets do this! -- Omar
I’m in. I’ll write out the key areas of my life that I want to improve, and break it down into manageable, measurable chunks of tasks tonight. I’ll begin my 90 days one day right behind you. -- Kevin
Great idea by Kevin. I’m in too. -- Daniel
(similar) -- Many others
Welcome. The key is to just get started. Maybe take a few days to think about the goals, but then just commit and get started. If your first week sucks, so what? It'll probably take a week or two to get into the groove. Just get started. Welcome.
Public Accountability / Sharing
Timing is perfect. I will be joining as well and establish a blog, publishing similiar things like you. -- Florian
I’m so in. I think the shared accountability will be awesome. Heck, even if Sebastian isn’t up for it I think the rest of us could organise a bi-weekly Google Hangout where we have to update the group on our progress. Just 20 minutes, but it’ll be enough to keep us slogging. Opinions? -- Isaac
That sounds like an amazing idea. If anyone wants to start and coordinate some public accountability (Google Hangout, whatever) then email me and I'll share it with the whole site.
Love to hear any tips or advice that comes from this. -- Ben
It's all being shared and we'll all learn as it goes, but here's a few --
1. Pick less areas of focus rather than more. Really seriously cut down as much as you can.
2. Just get started. If your first week is "meh," so what?
3. Have weekly milestones.
4. If you fall behind schedule, remember each week is a clean slate.
5. Get some public accountability.
6. Down days happen; don't take it personally; keep moving forwards.
How much detail?
I’m curious how much additional detail should be planned beforehand. “Massive increase in humility” – is this broken down into further actionable items that will make Sebastian have more humility? I’m assuming yes… -- Chris
Specific metrics and milestones are better than vague statements, but I wanted to just start. Later I'll put metrics to the points I didn't have them on. The "just start" thing is key, which is why after a basic idea and some starting metrics, I just dove in. I wasn't quite ready, but is anyone ever really ready?
You should read up about well-formed outcomes in NLP. More specifically, stating outcomes in sensory terms. What will you see/hear/feel when you are more humble? -- Random
Okay, I know basically nothing about this. I'm like a 90%+ verbal thinker. I'm open to hearing anyone comment or email me on the topic, if you know about this. Sounds worthwhile.
Putting Your Back Against The Wall
Oh. I wanted to mention that I am most productive when I have to be. When my back is to the wall and I have to succeed to survive I get very productive. Sometimes, in order to take advantage of this fact I make situations win or die situations. Sometimes, I am able to do this by psychologically getting in my mind that I have to win. Other times, I have to literally make a situation win or die. For example, when I in my last year of law school, I had a huge problem. I have advance degrees in accounting and psychology. I was teaching at a university and working part time at an insurance company. I was making too much money. What this did is it caused me not to need to prep for my legal career. I wasn’t even applying at law jobs. So, I decided that I had too many options. I abruptly quit both my jobs (I even burned a bridge at the university) and then I made it neccessary that I succeed at the legal field. I got real productive. Anyway, my point is beware of crutches. Too many options can sometimes cause us to not take the next challenge serious enough. It’s like we are too cool to get up in arms about artificial challenges. -- Marcus
100% my experience as well, brilliant comment. Though, I'd only recommend it to someone that's reasonably mentally and physically healthy at the time. It's too dangerous a game to play if you're not starting from at least a decent spot.
Fuck yeah, i’m in!
*hire another employee @ $20/hour
*advertise in 3 places per month + craigs
*land 3 new accounts
*research & begin supplement regime
*complete the 100 pushups challenge
*have zero cheats on SCD diet
*plan in journal 1 thing to do for wife each day
*plan special day 2x per month
*give without expectations of receiving
*read & ponder 3 entries from Aurelius’ Meditations each day
*10 minute breath meditation in AM
*daily journal entry
Howm I looking guys?
Nate, you're looking awesome. Everyone else should do this. Badass.
Toyota Cuts Back -- You Should Too
Interesting that you mention cutting back on things… I have been reading a lot about Toyota’s famed production process. One of the key aspects is cutting back, or eliminating something if it adds no value to the customer. As with any deep truth this is something that can be applied to life. --James
Great comment. I probably have too many areas of focus. If it's at all possible, cut down to less! Less, less, less! I promise it adds up to more.
Time Tracking And Planning The Night Before As Huge Gains
*Get back on to time tracking every single day
*Plan the next day the night before
These two alone may be the biggest. -- Sweeney
100% agree. Or, maybe the four of time-tracking, plan the night before, health/fitness, and clear written goals with a deadline.
Nervousness Is Normal
I’m following your advice on keeping the focus only on most important key areas.
My bottleneck right now is my finances, so that’s what I’ll work on.
By God I’m nervous… but this is worth it. -- Kevin
Most people are scared of failing, so they don't try. Those are the real losers. Set some tangible goals and kick some ass, welcome aboard.
Okay, there's more good questions and comments, but I've got some meetings to head to. Keep the good stuff coming, I read it all even if I don't reply immediately. For the people who are in, keep hustling and kicking ass.
Inspired by your productivity run, I started my summer challenge: http://www.wouter.net/2012/07/01/my-summer-challenge/
Reason I ask is that if your sensory representation system changes while on drugs, then maybe this is something that could be developed? Like Win Wenger's image-streaming technique for instance.
I am mainly a visual/kinesthetic thinker myself and I do feel that I become more laser-focused and less mentally flighty whenever I try to get into a more auditory headspace.
Interesting that you are mainly auditory thinker.
Do you find that this changes when you are on the Modafinil?
I'm loving this Sebastian, keep it coming. I wouldn't say I'm on a "productivity run" right now, but I'm definitely trying to integrate some of the processes you're using into my life, especially time tracking.
I'm not sure how to do it, but I'd like to take the time tracking one step further and be able to quantify and track exactly what I'm working on and how long I worked on it/how much I got done. Basically so at the end of every day/week/month, I could pull up a report that showed me:
General Life: 90 minutes, Effectiveness 4/5
Troubleshooting: 45 minutes, Effectiveness 3/5
Something like that. The key being that it would all be trackable so I could go back and look for trends. I suspect for example that days I workout I actually get more done than days I don't, but without any data it's tough to know.
If anyone wants to do a google hangout or other accountability, I'm definitely in. I've got to have a better accountability system.
After Day Two was off the rails entirely, I wanted to rest and recuperate a little, so I set my benchmarks low. Okay, I'd rather gear down and be Conan the Barbarian with a big ol' sword, but it didn't work out like that.
Here was my plan, emphasis added --
Wake 5:30PM (7 hours sleep… hmm). GGW call scheduled for 6PM.
GGW call concludes… 7PM?
I’ve been at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) for a week and a half, and I’m already more involved in the school’s culture and institutions than I ever was in my high school.
As I find myself getting involved with The Maneater, my residence hall, and the Missouri Students Association (MSA), I recognize that I need to take a moment and outline my goals. It’s easy to submit numerous applications and plunge into every opportunity, and I’ve had a blast doing it, but it undoubtedly necessary to stop and consider what I’m doing, where I’m headed, and where I want to be.
Here are some goals I’ve set for myself. For now, I'm going to focus only on my fitness goals. This is because I believe this to be the area of my life most swinging in the balance right now. I’m going to outline them as tediously as possible. Broad goals, I’ve found, are not very effective.
Run a marathon by April 1, 2014