I stayed up until 4:30am last Thursday because I was writing a blog post or writing emails or doing other pointless nonsense. I largely blame the fact that I drank two cans of Monster that day, right after returning from a detox trip in LA.
I decided to spend a few days documenting my time to see wtf it is I do all day. Here are the results.
To measure is to cheat. I KNOW that on an average day, I waste a significant amount of time dicking around, but the last four days I did none of that because I didn’t want to have “reading twitter” or “watching porn” documented for posterity.
What did I learn? I’m pretty unproductive in the evening. A lot of hours seem to vaporize. I become agitated if I leave gmail or gchat open while working because I feel a need to respond to everything right away.
Also I maybe need to regulate my caffeine intake.
The exercise was inspired by Mason Currey’s book, Daily Rituals, describing the daily routines of geniuses . An HBR post summarizes commonalities in highly-productive lifestyles based on the subjects :
- A workspace with minimal distractions
- A daily walk
- Accountability metrics (tracking how much they produced)
- A clear dividing line between important work and busywork
- A habit of stopping when they’re on a roll, not when they’re stuck
- A supportive partner.
- Limited social lives
Clearly, I am not a genius. Although I have that limited social life thing nailed pretty good.
2. The Daily Routines of Geniuses –hbr