I don’t know about you but when I have a really productive day, I get jazzed up. It feels like a triumph, like pure fulfillment. I had one such day earlier this week and it was intentional which made it feel even better. This was based on a series of ideas that I have been experimenting with to make me more productive, especially towards my personal goals.
When you work a day job like most Americans, the job gets the best of you. It gets your most potent and intellectually fertile time. Despite needing coffee, you are primed to do better work than any other part of the day. Afterwards, most of us have used up most of our willpower and it becomes more challenging to work on our personal endeavors, especially after work. With this in mind I decided to make a switch. I get up a bit earlier and work exclusively on my own goals large and small, devoting my best self to my own life. Afterwards I go to work and give them what is left which is still quite a bit. At the end of the day when I’m tired and lack willpower, I can relax because I’ve already been more productive on my own life than I would have been otherwise. I can chill, concentrate on people and things that give me pleasure, turn in early, and do it again the next day.
The other idea is that I believe our jobs pay us what they believe is a valuable wage for our skills. Apparently those skills are worth money. What if I use those skills on my own life, goals, and plans and do so before I give it to the job? I would, in effect, be providing myself with valuable services that other people have to pay for and reaping the benefit(s). I provide insight, advice, planning, and process building to my employer. How successful might I become if those were provided directly to me? Why wouldn’t I provide those valuable services to myself? I am the CEO of my own life. My knowledge, aptitude, wisdom, and experience should be regularly visited upon that valuable organization.