4 Essences Of True Productivity
It’s 5:00 am — my alarm went off.
I jumped out of bed and started writing.
I wrote an 800-word story in 30 minutes and it’s great.
For the next 30 minutes, I went on to continue my practice/learning on how to create a successful Kickstarter project for video games in 2018.
The next 30 minutes were about continuing my practice/learning on how to make a successful free-to-game on Steam in 2018.
Then I continued my Learning on Learning to Learn (what a mouthful!).
Then I completed my 20-minute workout routine and showered.
And that’s when it hit me: I had not yet peed.
I had been awake for at least 2 and 1/2 hours by that point and had not yet peed.
This may sound insignificant to you, but I assure you it’s not.
And it’s not that I didn’t need to go, it’s just that my needs to accomplish my daily routine were actually more important.
Let me add some emphasis here:
Doing my daily routine was more important to me than peeing
Somehow, I’ve transcended one of my most basic needs for something that, in theory, really should come second or third.
In my mind, there’s no denying this:
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all” — Peter Drucker
But once you’ve taken care of that, what’s left?
People resort cheap tricks to hack their productivity. While this works in the short-term, does it really for long-term?
Habits, strong desires and beliefs, getting into flow and creating true momentum. These are truly effective ways to be productive.
The daily morning ritual I mentioned above?
It has become a habit.
I strongly believe in the benefits of doing my creative thinking in the morning. I strongly believe in learning and working out before “starting my day”.
It’s such a strong habit and I believe in it so much that I forget about one of my most basic needs.
Once it’s a habit, there’s no more procrastination.
Doesn’t productivity start by actually doing something that should be done?
As you could guess from the above story, I was clearly into a state of flow.
Who writes 800 words of quality-content in 30 minutes?
Only someone in flow.
And for the learning of the other things I mentioned, I went through a list of 5 different Kickstarter projects, analyzed them, and wrote 5 pages of notes.
For the free-to-play learning, I analyzed 11 successful games and took 6 pages of notes.
The Learning to Learn class? I did 45 minutes worth of lectures in 30 minutes and wrote 2–3 pages of notes. I scored 100% on the quiz without cheating (message me to know how I did that).
My workout is 100 pushups, 100 Bulgarian split squats, and 100 dips. I do that in 20 minutes.
Remember my list from above?
Habits, strong desires and beliefs, getting into flow and creating true momentum.
What I’m describing here is beyond flow. It’s what I call True Momentum. I compare it to the effects of NZT in Limitless, the movie. Only, drug-free.
With True Momentum, you’re able to accomplish at least 10x more. But not just more, but better too.
In the past 6 months, I’ve written 250 pieces on Medium, became top writer in 9 categories, wrote for bigger publications, had top answers on Quora, I released 2 books (working on 2 more), started three new startups, launched an online store, released a video game, signed 2 photography contracts, started mentoring and coaching, made important connections, and I’m in the best physical shape I’ve ever been in entire my life.
Let me re-iterate that this is all in the past 6 months.
You want to build True Momentum to be at your most productive — and I can help you with that — but it’s not a short answer.
Here’s how you do it:
There are at least 4 essences of true productivity:
- Strong desires and beliefs;
- Getting into flow; and
- Creating True Momentum.
All 4 go beyond hacks and cheap short-term tricks. The first 3 have been the subject of numerous incredible books like The Power of Habits, Think and Grow Rich, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, and more.
The last one, True Momentum, makes you unstoppable. It makes you achieve almost anything you can imagine. It happens when you can get into flow very easily, many times a day, for weeks at a time.
Take the time to read the story I linked above. Learn the lessons. Apply them consistently. Believe in your desires and goals. Form powerful habits. Get into flow. Build momentum.
That, to me, is true productivity.
You can do this!
Thanks for reading and sharing! :)
First published here: https://medium.com/@danny_forest/i-forgot-to-pee-this-morning-9bd3ad7ff7a6