I think we can all agree we want to be more productive. Regardless of whether you are working 8 or 18 hours per day, feeling like you wasted that time, or knocked out less than enough is a pretty crappy way to end your day. Inspired by Jocko Willink, author of Extreme Ownership and former Navy Seal, I’ve been playing with my wake up time with the expectation/goal of doing more.
Jocko wakes around 4-430AM each morning, every single day. I suspect he accomplishes more before 9AM than a lot of us do in an entire day. So I’ve set out to see if the same, might also be possible for me. I am very much in the middle of this…experiment, but there are few things I can share so far:
It’s hard AF. I work from home, if I am up before 8AM, it’s an act of God. I’ve pushed back to 545-6AM so far, and it hurts at first, but as soon as I step out of bed, I put myself to task which I’ve found distracts me from the reality of my situation.
My bed time is starting to become a problem. I usually stop work at midnight, which means I am showered and in bed by 1AM. By the time Thursday rolls around, I am at a crawl. At least when the caffeine wears off at night time. I am going to have to get to bed earlier. Another act of God may be required.
Mornings have been tremendous for productivity. I am in my chair by 630-645 and am very productive all the way ‘til about 11AM. More productive without a doubt than when I wake up later. I think this is a mindset thing. If I am getting in my chair at 9AM, in my mind, I am too late. The has passed me by.
Even though there are spells of tiredness throughout the day, which does slow me down a bit, the productivity of the morning far outweighs starting later in the day.
So far, I am getting far more done each day. I don’t think more hours equals more productivity for everyone – we’re all different. My hope is to push my wake up back to 430AM, consistently, by the end of September.
Maybe something to try? If you need a little push, follow Jocko on social. He posts a picture of his watch every morning at 430AM and it sort of reminds me that I can ask more of myself. The body and mind have more to give.
Dixon Jones – Marketing Director, Majestic – September 22nd, 2016
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OGs Making Moves
Every week in the hangout channel, you folks share your most recent accomplishments and we all get to learn a little bit more about each other. Here are some recent ones:
@jonathannelson moved off of Intercom (way too $$$$) to Smooch (free) to automate support request siloing into Slack. Prudio, though paid, is another option I tested alongside Smooch. Would recommend either.
@marcella meditated three times this week! If you guys & gals haven’t checked out Headspace or Calm, I recommend it.
Sunrise may have gone into the sunset, but @joshuabretag has assembled Mindful.am, a new calendar & productivity app that will finally get our lives in order! Check it out here: https://mindful.am
Each month I try to bring you my favorite articles, books and casts. I am a total information glutton. More inputs than I could possibly action in my lifetime. I don’t recommend this, but it sure makes recommending good reading/listening easy!
Aubrey Marcus Podcast – Onnit.com Supplements founder, and all around pretty inspiring dude.
The Martyrmade Podcast – History of Israeli/Palestinian conflict told in a very Dan Carlin-esk way. This one is NOT for the faint of heart. If you’re not tearing up in the first 5 minutes, something wrong with you kid.
Waking Up with Sam Harris – I really like some of the material he’s recently shared on violence in America and abroad.
Hack to Start – Interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success.
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Thanks again to those members who are always kind enough to offer up their support and advice in Slack. We wouldn’t be here without you guys.