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.