This is a bit scary. I had the idea last Saturday, and was terrified on Sunday. But, let's go for it -- I've set some intense goals and objectives across six key areas, and it'll take intense focus, refocusing, and discipline to do this. When I wake up will be Day 1, and I'll update you on the goals, plans, and rules of this. Hopefully you'll learn some cool points you can integrate into your own life and get inspired, and the public accountability gets me an extra boost.
I was thinking about a different sort of "productivity". More like: burn yourself up for 90 days, moving 10x faster and after that, rest.
Love to hear any tips or advice that comes from this. I'm just about to get started with Seth Godin's / Zig Ziglars goal planner that goes for 12 weeks. http://www.amazon.com/Pick-Four-Pack-Designed-Share/dp/1936719215/
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?
Timing is perfect. I will be joining as well and establish a blog, publishing similiar things like you.
It's particularly challenging with tasks that require intense bursts of time and energy. Coding, writing, inteking strange new behaviors and worldviews. These are things that require intense focus, energy, and enthusiasm and just the right mental state. That can be very hard to maintain, and in fact, is often not even beneficial to maintain in other areas of your life that you have a higher degree of mastery and require less arousal to reach your optimal performance. So I think it's natural to fall into and out of this "high-energy" mode, which many of us associate with exponential productivity.
But there are some easy traps to fall into here.
One of the biggest is ignoring the skill of putting yourself in this mode at will. There is not actually a magic genie in your walls. You need to be able to say, tomorrow morning I have time to write, and I will write, and a part of that is getting yourself into "the zone." If you are failing to get yourself into "the zone," then you need to step back and work on that skill independently. Maybe that means re-awakening your original inspiration (thinking about all the people you will help with this book) or maybe it is preparing your vessel (low-fat, high fiber diet the day before, 6 hours of sleep, wake up, run, then get right to work... or whatever ritual ends up working). But these are factors that need to be evaluated.
I think another big one is denial. Thinking that you can maintain this state longer than you can, physio/psychologically or just within the constraints of the rest of your life. It's important to "pump yourself up" to the very high levels necessary to achieve your goals. It's also important to deal with the realities and interruptions and diversions of life as they come, then be able to return to that state.
Anyway, with regard to myself and my major goals, this week was largely a wash.
Apparently I didn't even set my alarm this time. Although now I've acertained my magic oversleep number is 2 hours. Does this mean I have to start over?...Just say the word, I need a YES or NO from both Neetu and Ty on this one.
Last night I had the most vivid dream yet. I had no idea dreaming could be so intense. I was at school, but it was in front of this DAM that had just blown over. I swear I could feel the water...very intense.
I set my alarm on that dream for only 20 mins. I don't really know why, but for some reason I felt like I had to try that out to see how I'd feel. It was about the same as the standard 30, although the REM time was cut short by the alarm, which went off right in the middle of the intense dreaming.