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.
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Make today's pst for the Make Money Blogging Experiment
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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 ;)
You know when I was the most productive? The day before I started writing about how productive I was. You know when I was the least productive? About a week after that. You know where I am now? Still trying to get back to the pinnacle.
What went wrong? I started to believe not that I was producing, but that I was a productive person. I'm a man, and it takes no maintenance to stay that way. I'm American, and it takes no effort to remain american. Those are things I am. But producing is something I do. I'm productive when I'm producing, and I'm no longer productive when I stop. There's upkeep involved.
When I write a blog post about how productive I am, and it is received well, I see myself in a different light. I shouldn't, but before my conscious could grab ahold of it, my subconscious granted me the title of Productive Person.
So I started slacking. Not a lot, but enough to notice. Rather than pushing myself to not browse Reddit all day, I'd take a break here and there. Instead of pushing through from 11pm to midnight, I'd cut out early and waste time for the last hour of my day. I downloaded a chess game for my phone and would play a few games per day, rationalizing that it's an intelligent game, so learning how to play was a good idea. But that's not why I played-- I played to escape the pressure of hard work. Twelve hours of honest work shrunk down to six or eight hours of work stretched to a twelve to fourteen hour window.
Well, it is my second day of blogging. I have eaten 3 servings of fruit and veggies already and it is only 1:40. I also did my yoga poses. The kid comes back at 5, so I will see if I can pour some veggies into him at supper time. I slept about 9 hours, so all is good as far as the new habits go.
I really want to up my productivity over the next week until school starts again--I have a list of things that should get done. But I do love puttering around and I am not sure if I can do both. Puttering is work, but it is "in the moment." It is about little jobs that come up as you go along and it is open to being sidetracked at any time. The list I am trying to accomplish is systematic--things need to be checked off.
So, for example, today I split some firewood and kindling and brought it into the house (on the list). When I was finished, I felt like staying outside. So I covered my veggie beds (darn cats getting into them), cleaned up the firewood area, and wandered around a bit. I probably could have knocked off 3 things on my list during that time, but the puttering was time well spent.
So my love of systematic productivity is in contrast to my belief in the value of puttering. Can I hold onto both ideas at once? Clinging to ideas, and judging them as good or bad, is a bit silly in a way.