The Marijuana Productivity Experiment
July 31st. 1pm.
Me and my buddy Kush are breaking in the morning at my place.We've got a spliff lying around and he wants to get high. I want to do some work.
Kush, unrelenting as usual, says to me, "You know what I do when I need to do intense study for a test?".
"What?", came my sarcastic reply, already expecting the answer and thinking he was joking.
"I get high, sit down, and focus". I guess Kush must have read the incredulity in my face, because he elaborated; "No, really. If you get high with the intent to get something done, and you don't sidetrack yourself, you'll ace it."
I was still incredulous, but always willing to try something new and awesome out. Especially if it helps me be productive. So I accepted his claim as a challenge, and so was born...
The Marijuana Productivity Experiment
Getting high with the intent of being productive on specific tasks, will lead to an uber-productive session.
Hot box my closet-like bathroom. Go fuel up on good food. Get to internet and make shit happen.
Write 2 Chill Hookah Articles
Edit Asymmetrical about page
Make today's pst for the Make Money Blogging Experiment
Write another Hookah Article
Read Education of Millionaires
I significantly over planned, in case this turned me into a superhuman of productivity and I didn't want to have to stop and plan.
The Break Down:
Only read if you're interested in a good story. Skip to "The Result" if you just wanna know the results. Caveat: I forgot to record times xP
Getting (very) High:
After nearly dying in my steam and smoke filled, 3 foot squared bathroom, me and Kush tumbled out and gasped in the fresh air.
This was potent weed, given to me by my shaman-like friend Edgar, and I had rarely/never been this high before.
Getting (literally) High:
Then the sidetracking started. I was inexorably drawn to the outdoors at my front porch, and was breathing in the fresh air and sunlight when Kush swaggered up behind me.
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remembered that I wanted to be productive this high. But I knew that I was at the most intense and mind-changing part of the high, and now was not the time.
Then Kush looked at the huge tree on my front lawn and said, "Dude. We must climb this tree."
I whole heartedly agreed, and immediately raced to the tree and jumped up. I had climbed once before with my companion Melanie, and I once again got up to the aprox1.5 meter high point I had found before with her.
Kush joined me, and told me to. Go. Higher.
Now, there's something I haven't told you about Kush...
Read it up at the blog ;)
I bought Sebastian Marshall's book, Ikigai, when it first came out. His is one of very few blogs that I read regularly, so I had high expectations for the book. And, hey... even if it's not great, I like supporting people I respect.
As soon as I bought the book, I read the first chapter. It was the blog post that I mentioned in the isolation post. Oh, I thought, I guess this book is just a bunch of blog posts that I've already read. I stopped reading.
That was six months ago. These days I read about 2-3 books per week, which means that I have a really tough time keeping my reading list full. Last week I was searching through my Kindle to see if I had any half-finished books I'd forgotten about, and I decided to give Sebastian's book another shot.
Man, am I glad I did. I'm not sure I've ever read a book with lessons that can be applied so quickly for such immediate results. Ikigai is one of the top few books I've read in 2012.
The focus of the book is rational and efficient productivity. Or at least that's what I got most out of it. If you're into that sort of thing, definitely read it.
I bought Sebastian Marshall's book, Ikigai, when it first came out. His is one of very few blogs that I read regularly, so I had high expectations for the book. And, hey... even if it's not great, I like supporting people I respect. As soon as I bought the book, I read the first chapter. It was the blog post that I mentioned in the isolation post. Oh, I thought, I guess this book is just a bunch of blog posts that I've already read. I stopped reading. That was six months ago. These days I read about 2-3 books per week, which means that I have a really tough time keeping my reading list full. Last week I was searching through my Kindle to see if I had any half-finished books I'd forgotten about, and I decided to give Sebastian's book another shot. Man, am I glad I did. I'm not sure I've ever read a book with lessons that can be applied so quickly for such immediate results. Ikigai is one of the top few books I've read in 2012. The focus of the book is rational and efficient productivity. Or at least that's what I got most out of it. If you're into that sort of thing, definitely read it. I now plan my day every morning. Sebastian shares his daily planning routine, which I used as a rough template for my own. Every morning I record the time I went to bed the night before, the time I woke up, the time I brushed my teeth, the time I finish planning, and the time I finished writing a blog post (I'm writing one every single day, but not posting them all). Recording the time you finish these things is a bit of subtle genius from Sebastian. When you record the time you finish something, you tend to do it earlier. Today I woke up and had two immediate phone calls that had to be made, which pushed my whole schedule back. As soon as I saw the time, I started doing my few morning things, including writing this post. Morning used to be my least productive time of day, but now I jump right in and start producing. The rest of day planning consists of making a todo list for yourself. You're supposed to create a list that you believe can be completed to 70%, but I've completed 90-100% every day, despite trying to make the list harder each time. It's amazing how much you can get done when you have a plan and start early. I use the tasks feature of Google Calendar for my todo list. It's not amazing, but it's good enough and keeps me looking at my calendar, which makes me more likely to schedule things and see when they're happening. At the end of the day, I do a quick five minute summary, as prescribed by Sebastian. I record whether or not I flossed, reflected on the possibility of death, and played my violin. I write down my key accomplishments for the day, my top life goals, a quick analysis of the day, and my top priority for the following day. Last, I record how many minutes I wasted, how many minutes I worked on SETT, and how many minutes I spent writing. RescueTime helps me come up with a rough estimate of these things. There's a lot more than planning your day in Ikigai, but that was the big value that I got from it. He also spends a lot of time covering the same sort of strategy and philosophies that I'm a big fan of and write about here. ### The great Alaska trip starts next Saturday. A few friends and I will be riding our motorcycles to Alaska for no real reason at all.
In my last blogpost, I declared that Sunday would be a Screen-Free Day: no computer, iPad, iPod, television or texting for 24 hours. My goal was to take a true day off, and to bring awareness to how much distracted time I spend each day doing things like checking email and social media, looking up unimportant information online, watching shows on Netflix and texting people as a way to procrastinate.
I had intended to at least take notes with pen and paper, and I really had a vision in my head of composing this entire blogpost by hand and uploading scanned image files of those pages rather than typing this out. But I never even had time to take notes — I was too busy having the best day off I’ve had in months!
It didn’t hurt that I woke up to the best weather day we’ve had here in the Twin Cities so far this year. I walked my dogs three or four times, went on a 17-mile bike ride with my wife and ate dinner at our bistro table with the windows wide open. In between all that fresh air, I finished my latest issue of the New Yorker and read the local newspaper – theactual newspaper in print! I chatted with neighbors, cooked a great healthy dinner and even did nothing for short stretches of time. It really was a great day, but the challenge was still surprisingly hard!
For the first hour in the morning, I had to constantly remind myself that I was not going to go online at all. Luckily, I had tucked my laptop away in its case and put it on the book shelf, otherwise I’m pretty sure I would have inadvertently grabbed it to look at the weather forecast or some other silly thing.
By mid-morning, I was used to the idea that I was unplugged for the day. A few times, I felt something a little bit like anxiety, wondering what I was going to do to fill all of the hours stretched out before me. Soon, though, I had learned to relax and really try to pay attention to each moment, rather than think about what I was going to do next. By the afternoon, I felt like an old pro. I had no desire to see what was going on in the virtual world, and it was so freeing not to have to check my email to see what tasks might be waiting for me there.