After reading the book "On Writing Well" by William Zinsser, I realized that writing and program design have a lot of similarities. An example of this is clutter. Clutter is an easy way to decrease the effectiveness of one's writing and one's program.
I always feel as if I am never productive enough. At the end of the day there is always something left on my to-do list, and before I know it, I have achieved almost nothing done. My days always feel very busy, but my to-do list always seems to stay un-checked. I have tried many times to overcome this, but all have failed - until now.
I just recently read an amazing book called the Perfect Day Formula by Craig Ballentyne. In a nut shell, the book is about helping you maximize your productivity so you can get your work done and still have time for the things you love.
One message the book conveys to it's readers is how to take control of your mornings in order to increase your productivity. By doing so you can tackle tasks first thing in the morning while energy levels are at their highest and before your day distracts you. Craig states, to do this, simply wake up 15 minutes earlier and undertake any responsibilities that will lead you to your big goal.
When I first read this, I thought Craig was deranged. I am not a morning person by any means. For the first 30 minutes of the day I can barely function. My typical morning begins with the the snooze button and continues on my couch where I drowsily scroll through social media. Before I realize it, I am behind in my morning routine and have to rush out the door.
Nevertheless, I decided to give this a try.
My first day trying this I woke up at 5:00 am instead of 5:15, while at the same time swearing off social media for the first hour of the day.
This combination added 30 minutes of free time to my morning and improved my productivity.
Now I write blogs, read or get any other work done that needs to get done for the day. I'm completing the tasks that I used to constantly run out of time to do on a regular basis. I am closer to hitting my goal of investing in the stock market which takes research and time to initiate.
If you want to instantly become more productive so you can complete tasks you constantly struggle to find time doing (HEP, writing a book etc...) you should wake up 15 minutes earlier than you do today. Combo this with not touching your phone for an hour and you will be able to accomplish more each day then you thought was possible.
Move Well, Stay Strong.