work harder, work smarter

I’m sitting inside the offices of Awesome Inc at 3:00 am writing this blog post.  My business partner Luke has just fallen asleep on the couches in the break room.  We have to be up at 7:30 to give a presentation.  I’m thinking that I shouldn’t even be spending the 30 minutes to write this blog entry because it is a distraction to work I could be doing.   That’s the mentality that I have now about being continuously productivity – I don’t drive any where without making a phone call, when I fix and eat a meal, I’m reading an email, if I show up five minutes early to something I get mad because I just wasted five minutes.  I’m not saying it’s good or bad, healthy or unhealthy; it’s just how it is.  I’ve been called out by it several times by friends and family.  They might say, “Don’t you ever just sit and relax?”  I look back at them and wonder what they actually mean.  Do they mean watch a movie, read a book, or literally just sit there?  I respond with, “No, I’d always rather be doing something productive (or at least fun and active)?”

My typical day looks like this:

  • wake up late morning.
  • work for 7-8 hours.
  • go play/coach soccer for 2-3 hours.
  • go back to work for 6-7 hours (following the rule of 4)

The rule of 4 states that one out of every 4 nights instead of going back to work I do something fun with my friends/girlfriend/family. The past few weeks this has included activities such as rappelling into a pool, midnight golf, and running through the fountains downtown.

The reason I decided to write this blog post was that I think there is more to the success formula than what I am doing.  No one works harder than me.  However, there are people that are more successful than me…and some are even younger than me.  I think it has to do with how smart they work.  I consider myself a relatively smart person.  I guess I just need to figure out a way to work smarter too.  I’m open to suggestions.

– for the record, I love my work so working 13-15 hours each day, often through the late hours of the night isn’t something I mind at all.  Most days I look forward to 10 pm, which means I get to crank out 6 hours of uninterrupted work.