To Measure is to Manage

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.

I tried to take the average across 4 days. PRIMARY WORK refers to Sand Hill Exchange, OTHER WORK is tangentially related to Sand Hill Exchange (emails and meetings and such). I have no idea what I do in the orange time.
I tried to take the average across 4 days. PRIMARY WORK refers to Sand Hill Exchange, OTHER WORK is tangentially related to Sand Hill Exchange (emails and meetings and such). I have no idea what I do in the orange time.

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 [1]. An HBR post summarizes commonalities in highly-productive lifestyles based on the subjects [2]:

  • 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.

References:
1. 9780307273604_custom-b0393414440fa19a6b8301f3a6a4855bf6caf661-s99-c85
2. The Daily Routines of Geniuses –hbr
3. 3028428-inline-i-1-creative-routines

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One thought on “To Measure is to Manage

  1. “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.”

    Now, thus documented for posterity on your blog ;p

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