Success doesn’t come overnight—unless you win the lottery or your rich uncle Mike dies and leaves you a fortune.
Building something of value takes time and each day’s effort compounds toward a desired goal or achievement.
Being productive and doing deep work is at the core of building anything of value—including your skills and relationships.
There is no quick road to success.
I started studying productivity several years ago when I realized that a could hack my abilities by setting up processes and systems.
The following is a snapshot of how I currently stack my days for maximum productivity.
- Meditation with Sam Harris
- Morning Pages ( The Artist’s Way)
- 5 minute gratitude journal
- 100 sit-ups
- Drink 2 glasses of water with fresh lemon
- Go outside and bless the day
Morning / Creator
- No email before 10am / all morning tasks are ‘create’ oriented
- Everything is tracked via timer and digital manager (Clickup.com)
- Eat my frog first thing (Brian Tracy: Eat That Frog)
- Plan 2 creative tasks after frog
- Check surf forecast and plan surf slot (most important task)
- Work in 30 minute sprints with headphones until surf slot (Listen to Brain.FM)
- Have lunch with surf buddies
- Read and nap (currently reading Unscripted By MJ Demarco)
Afternoon / Manager
- Check in with staff (basecamp)
- No meetings ever (except for non-profit work)
- Answer emails—go to zero daily (SaneBox App)
- Do manager type tasks
Phone + Apps
- Phone always on silent
- No phone or computer notifications
- No interrupting unless house or cat on fire
- No phone near me while in creator or manager mode
Always Be Learning
- Spend at least 30-60mins every day learning something new (also tracked)
Review End of Day
- 5 min journal review
- Review timed tasks
- Think about optimization
- No screen after 6:30ish
Books I Recommend:
- Deep Work by Cal Newport
- The One Thing by Gary Keller
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
- The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky
- Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
- Essentialism by Greg McKeown
It’s always nice to have your cat assisting when possible. I’d love to hear about your hacks in the comments.