I have the feeling I should get more out of my days. After all:
Time is your most valuable asset.
How can I organise my day, that every day I got just that little bit better by sunset then I was when the sun rose? In other words:
“Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.” – Charlie Munger
That is the goal.
First thing to do is what professional sporters, artists and musicians do every day as a natural routine: Daily Deliberate Practice. It’s the only way to ever becoming an expert in something. Practice every day. With intend. And with feedback.
As always Shane Parrish sums it up really well:
So. There is no question about the value of Deliberate Practice. How much time should it take up of my time?
Taking cues from the 1, 2,7, 14 formula from “Go Into The Story Blog”…
Read 1 screenplay per week + Watch 2 movies per week + Write 7 pages per week + Prep 14 hours a week…
…I would say at least 1 hour to 2 hours per day?
Next is Deep Work, where Cal Newport talks about. It’s the Prepping where “Go Into the Story” talks about. It is the Art of Focus where Farnam Street talks about. It is hyper important.
I see people around me being busy all day, not being valuable. I want to make my days valuable.
I. Do. Not. Want. To. Waste. Time. “Time is my preciousssss”
Research concerning focused work talks about 4 hours a day at most. More than that is not efficiënt. 3 hours would be a good median.
Reading. I want at least to read a book every week. I read articles, essays and opinions every day. I read newspapers. I read quite a lot of letters, mostly by CEO’s of companies and whitepapers by researchers.
Reading is the secret. It’s the Buffett Formula for success.
1 hours minimum a day should cut it. Let say 30 pages a day. Including taking notes.
Writing. A-Page-a-Day, in the Formula of “Go into the Story”.
I quit like the “app” 750 words. It’s an app where you can write 750 words every day, more as a train-of-thought / stream-of-consciousness. As an aside, it tells you the mood of your writing that day.
For me it’s something to do, really fast, after my lunch break.
But the real writing, can happen in the early morning. To start the day of.
When all the work is done in the “Prepping” or “Deep Work”, writing is just putting it to paper.
It really helps for me to think about what I will write in the morning, before I go to sleep. It seems like my brain does overtime at night, then.
And there is a deadline: I have to commit something to paper before the kids wake up and demand my undivided attention.
Also I’m an hour in the train in the morning. Writing comes easily in the train. It feels like stolen time: when others are commuting with the car, I am able to write. I like it.
Sometimes I skip the writing and commit to reading in the train. It’s the ideal moment to read and take notes…
Damn. Research. I need to do some Research, every day. Like say: 2 hours before you get anywhere?
TO SUM IT UP:
Ohoh, is all that possible in a day? That might be hardish:
- 3 hours of Deep Work (from 10h to 13h?)
- 1 hour of Deliberate Practice (between 14h and 17h?)
- 2 hours Writing (between 6h and 10h?)
- 2 hours of Reading (between 6h and 10h? plus after 17h?)
- 2 hours of Research (between 14h and 17h?)
Or maybe when you spread out in a week? Say, a 5 days work week, calculated over 7 days :
- Deep Work : 15 hours a week
- Deliberate Practice : 5 hours a week
- Writing : 10 hours a week
- Reading : 10 hours a week
- Research : 10 hours a week
I’ll try to commit to this schedule. The alternative is… not an option.