Week Of Superhuman Productivity

superhumanproductivity Week Of Superhuman ProductivityThe seemingly unattainable pipe dream for many who get involved in personal development: Superhuman productivity. Is it possible? Well there are many examples of people who achieve more in any given day than we would think of as normal. And some of them even admit to being relatively easy going and lazy. Over the next couple of months I’m going to find a balance of priority that allows me to do the same.

I’m partly doing this because I haven’t been productive enough for the last two months or so. So in an effort to force myself to recommit I’m going to attempt to be as productive as I possibly can for first one week now leading up to Christmas, and then because of Christmas Eve and and Christmas Day, and what’s known as “romjulen” in Norway, I’ll probably take a break for a few days and then keep going.

Long Term Plan

Once I’ve finished this week, I’ll take a look at how well I did and use it as a sort of baseline. Then in 2014, I’ll first repeat once or twice to see if continued commitment is all it really takes to increase your productivity.

Then I’ll repeat the weeks of superhuman productivity following different suggested principles. I’m going to read Getting Things Done, and try to follow that to the verge of perfection. I’m also going to try the 2 day fast and see if that increases productivity. (Suggest any techniques or principles or ideas I should test out in the comments.)

Initial Goals:

  • No TV or Netflix or Youtube or reddit
  • Avoid unnecessary indecision on trivial daily dilemmas
  • Complete all menial tasks that take 5 minuets or less.
  • Reach out to at least 10 potential clients per day.
  • Reply to as many interesting job ads as there are.
  • Write 2000 words per day.
  • Make healthy meals for myself and family every day.
  • One post about a time saver each day on my own blog.
  • Submit at least one guest post/guest post idea to a blog per day.
  • Work out at least one hour per day. (Not focusing on the same muscle groups obviously.)
  • Get more than enough rest.
  • Master one new song on the piano throughout the week.
  • Study Chinese for at least 30 minutes per day
  • Learn to do at least simple self introductions, some simple conversation.(Chi)
  • Maintain Japanese skills by at least 1 hour of studying throughout the week.
  • Start preparing for Christmas Cleaning so it’s less of a hazzle.
  • Read 100 pages per day of a book relevant to what I want to achieve.
  • Keep track of what I’m able to achieve.
  • Personally show up to get connections that could lead to relevant work or experience.

As the days go on I will adjust this if it turns out it’s not enough or too much. If it’s not enough I will adjust up on the next day, but if it feels like it’s too much I’ll wait until the third day before I downsize.

Long Term Goals

  • Increase productivity
  • Develop better ability to focus
  • Become more organized
  • Completely crush the idea I sometimes have about me just being lazy
  • Develop somewhat of a habit for learning new and useful skills

Habits I’m going to avoid:

  • TV
  • Pointless postponing

Habits I’m going to focus on and nurture

  • Reading and piano (substitute for TV during downtime)
  • Daily checklists
  • Daily writing
  • Daily learning
  • Daily workouts
  • Daily walks
  • Daily progress

(Anyone else love the new WordPress dashboard interface? I am a sucker for flat designs. I even removed the rounded corners from this new theme to make it look flatter. Anyone else notice how flatness seems to be a trend for website design lately? Youtube’s new design is quite flat, and now WordPress. And then many of the most popular blog themes, especially the premium ones are flat.)

Thoughts And/Or Suggestions?

Have any thoughts you’d like to share? Suggestions? Please let me know!

The statue in the picture is of Ganesha, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Also has 4 arms and an elephant’s head, and is all-round badass.

Picture by Swami Stream

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5 Responses

  1. Ludvig Sunström December 16, 2013 / 5:16 pm

    Hey Ragnar,

    First off all, thanks for the shoutout of the 2-day fast. (If you’re not used to fasting I’d recommend you drink a lot of water as well as tea or coffee to quench the initial hunger).

    It’s quite the ambitious list you have formed here. I’ve no idea how many of these things you are currently doing so I can’t really judge, but if you weren’t doing any of them right now I’d say it was a mission impossible because I don’t believe people can successfully take on more than 1-5 new behaviors at a time.

    I’m a huge fan of cumulatively adding small things to my daily routine and see it cumulatively add up over time. I think your ideas of:

    -Reach out to at least 10 potential clients per day.
    - Write 2000 words per day
    - Submit 1 guestpost per day

    Are all great.

    I wish you the best of luck . Be sure to post an update on how this went after New Years!

    PS: I agree with what you’re saying about the design of wordpress & youtube. I didn’t think on it before, but when you say it…
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    • ragnar December 16, 2013 / 5:36 pm

      These are all habits that I have had at one point in time, so I’m not breaching completely new territory. I honestly think slowly adding new habits is the best way to go too, but I thought I’d try the insane approach. And in the weeks that I’m not overdoing it, I’ll focus on only the most important and add them one by one. The idea is to approach it like a day at work, and structure it in a way as if I’m my own boss. To see if it’s possible to make time management a dominant habit where you can insert smaller habits at will. Of course it sounds unfeasible, but it wouldn’t be superhuman if it wasn’t! Oh and thanks, I will probably need some luck!

  2. SJ Scott December 16, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    Ragnar,

    Powerful list of habits you are attempting for the rest of the month.

    My concern is that you may be trying too much. Such a massive amount of goals can lead to burnout.

    Like Ludvig mentioned, I am more of a fan of a gradual stacking of new habits, than the whole, “I am motivated now, I am going to transform myself NOW thing”

    I do really like however, that it is something you are going to do RIGHT NOW, rather than something you plan on working on at a later date.

    You are already kicking that pointless procrastination in the butt.

    Anyhow, good luck to you. If you get 75% of the stuff on your list accomplished, it will still be a solid achievement.

    Steve
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  3. G. Trigg December 18, 2013 / 4:11 am

    Hey buddy,

    NO Netflix??? :-) Say it ain’t so!

    In all seriousness, those are some worthy goals, sir. I do like the way you’ve broken them down and made them tangible, like 30 minutes of Chinese a day. It’s a doable amount of time, yet it’s enough to actually learn something.

    (On a side note, a friend once told me about a study she read where these scientists found that students who did long cram sessions retained most of what they learned in the first and last 15 minutes of study and less of what they learned in between. Supposedly, 30 minutes is the ideal length for a block of study time. You could Google it, but it sounds good to me!)

    I also like that you’ve thrown in some goals for taking care of yourself, namely the rest and the healthy meals. Breaks are important. It keeps you from burning yourself out.

    Best of luck to you. I look forward to reading future posts!

    G.
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    • ragnar December 18, 2013 / 12:58 pm

      Haha awesome! I haven’t heard about such a study, but I guess it makes sense. Because it gets harder to focus in the middle. Constantly looking at the clock and dreaming for it to be over. Thanks for stopping by man, hopefully I can make some major progress or at least discover some cool things so it’s worth coming back to check out!

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