How about starting 2014 with a bang? I’ve decided to take up on a challenge, and I’m inviting you along if you dare.
In the past couple of years I’ve been learning a lot about focus, motivation, productivity and creativity. Human potential fascinates me and in the recent times we have started to understand more and more about it on all fronts.
I recently stumbled upon a blog post by Simon Hørup Eskildsen called “30 days of super productivity” (which was inspired by this post by Sebastian Marshall). Simon and Sebastian asked themselves the question:
What if I were to commit to the most productive 30 (or 90) days of my life?
I like the idea of testing my limits in something useful so I immediately knew I wanted to do it too. And now is the perfect time, as many of us are evaluating the past year and setting our sights for the next.
What would this mean for me though?
I’m already pretty busy. I don’t want to work on more things. If anything, I need to simplify. I want to improve my focus and direct the extra productivity on finishing current projects.
I’ve chosen two simple goals:
- Finish my ebook about mixing.
- In addition, finish as much unfinished music as possible.
It may not sound like much, but coupled with a full time job, time spent with family, client work, the website, running my company, and other things that life inevitably brings… If I can pull off working hard on those two goals for an entire month, I will be extremely happy. Above all it’s an exercise in focus.
In order to pull it off I need to set up a good foundation. It all comes down to habits. I only have one month (and I’m starting immediately) so I am not going to fool myself by trying to create new supporting habits. Creating new habits successfully takes time and you should never take up on too many at once (remember this when making new year resolutions).
Instead, I am going to reinforce my current good habits and invigorate some that have been left on backburner. These include things related to:
- Reducing distractions
- Proper eating
- Sufficient exercise
- A healthy sleep rhythm
- Planning time
I have my ups and downs but I’ve been working on these things for a long while by now, so I am on a pretty good track with them. With some sharpening up here and there I will get a good boost from these supporting habits.
Accountability also helps to boost motivation. This blog post will hold me accountable. Now that I’ve made it public, I really want to give it all I’ve got.
Time to get ready. I can’t wait to get started. When the month has passed I will write another post with results and lessons learned.
How about you? Feeling inspired to take up the challenge?
Have a think about what are the most important things you would like to achieve. Don’t pick too many, and be realistic when it comes to creating new habits. One or two new habits a month is a good rule of thumb, as most of us simply can’t handle more without failing!
Your goals and methods could be very different to mine – that doesn’t matter. What’s important is to commit, and show yourself you can do it!
Let me know if you’re in so we can cheer each other up along the way.
(PS. If you’re reading this later, that’s fine, I am still challenging you to go for it! There is no reason why you should be only thinking about this stuff close to the new year. Any other time is just as good.)