I’ve been really productive recently. It’s kind of a nice change.
Sure, I’ve given up my binge watching and going out all the time. It can be boring. I read a lot.
Here’s a list of all the activities on my agenda for the average week:
- Full-time job (40 hours)
- Full-time Masters degree (7 hours)
- Write 2-3 quality blog posts (5 hours)
- Write/edit my new eBook (3 hours)
- Chip away at goal of reading 30 books in 2016 (6 hours)
- 1-2 fellowship meetings with church friends (5 hours)
- Playing sports/exercising (5 hours)
Let’s not forget spending quality time with my wife, hanging out with friends, and intentionally not doing anything. Like Saturdays. That’s my day.
I know what you’re thinking.”There’s no way. This schedule can’t possibly last. He’s going to fail faster than that guy who challenged Gaston to a push-up contest.”
I look at this list, and I think the same thing.
A few things keep me encouraged. though:
In college, one of my mentors said that the semester he took 6 classes while excelling as captain of the college golf team was the most productive semester he ever had. “I was forced to organize my time and be disciplined with my schedule,” he had said.
Which leads me to my first tactic:
1. Create an Exhaustive List of Every Hour of Every Week
I took a break from my Masters program for the past couple months. I’ve had it easy. I barely did any type of activity (unless you count drinking beer – there’s a kind of bicep-curl motion in that, right?). You’d think I would’ve gotten SO MUCH done.
Nah. I barely did anything.
I spent my off-time watching a lot of television and hanging out. Sure, I was productive – I started on my eBook (coming out in the next couple months! I hope!), I read a lot of books. But overall, I made very little attempt to be productive.
An insanely busy schedule will overwhelm those with no plan, but they will create a time of unprecedented productivity for those who plan accordingly.
2. Schedule Plenty of Time to Do Nothing
Like Saturday, for instance.
The concept of a “Sabbath” is lost these days. Who has time to literally do nothing for an entire day? Back in the Bible times, people weren’t even allowed to lift a bale of hay on a Sabbath day. Imagine not even being able to do the dishes for an entire day.
Well, no one does dishes anyway. But you get the point.
In order to achieve a level of extreme productivity, you need to provide ample time for, well – doing nothing. Binge watching. Sleeping in. Whatever.
3. Maintain Intense Focus on Self-Care
I never buy anything other than the cheapest gas. But that’s because I drive a 20-year old minivan and it doesn’t quite need the premium stuff.
Not so with our bodies. Ask any Olympian, professional athlete, personal trainer: garbage in, garbage out. You want peak physical results? You need peak food.
Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball for many reasons (and if you think LeBron is better, just go ahead and unsubscribe from my blog because we can’t be friends). One of the reasons he attributes to his career that was almost never marred by injury or health problems was his diet. He ate very well, consistently.
You need to, as well.
What else works for you when you’re really productive?
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