August 7th, 2020

Your Habit Should Be to Work - Friday Notes 112

...when your habit is to work steadily, a day when you fall behind isn't fatal - Rest

I get told all the time that people have no idea how I write for a bunch of other sites and then publish books and coach and do client development work.

There is no secret. I get up at 5:30am and start work at 6:00am. I don't let distractions in and work straight through till 9:00am with minor stretch breaks.

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Then I take 2 - 3 hours off and start again at noon. I work from noon - 3:00pm without breaks again.

Then I call it a day. In 6 hours of office time I usually get at least 5 1/2 hours of productive time.

When a day comes up and I just don't feel like working, I don't worry about it. I do my morning shift and then I take the rest of the day off. Maybe I nap or watch a movie or read or take a long walk in the mountains.

I don't have to worry about it because almost every working day of the year goes well.

It's only when you spend most of your time procrastinating that you end up on the wrong side of the productivity equation. It’s only when you spend most days on the other side of this that you get so little done that you’re behind in a way that will hurt your business.

So stop it. Stay focused. Forget about Twitter and Facebook and Slack. It will all be there later and it's almost never important. If you’re going to spend time on those activities, schedule it and then stay off them the rest of the day.

Yup, that means no Twitter, Facebook, or Slack in your “off” time unless it’s scheduled for those activities. Using your off time well is as important as using your work time well.

I Shipped

Monday I walked you through how I manage my content in TickTick with a Content Calendar. PS: I have a TickTick course coming in the next week or two on SkillShare.

Wednesday I talked about how atomic tasks help you get more done.

Friday I shared a post about the book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. I felt the book was compelling and while I didn’t “enjoy” everything it said about how white people act, it was something I needed to read.

Over at Nexcess I published a post about deploying your site with Deploybot. There are a bunch more posts of mine headed there about WordPress/WooCommerce and coding topics.