The Key to Productivity is Less NOT More

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I try to be productive. I have been doing things, yet with little results. I have a big belief in planting seeds. I plant seeds for the future constantly. The way I look at it is if you want to be of influence in the future, you need to be doing something admirable right now.

The people that I admire are usually responsible with their time. I can think of Joe Rogan, Kevin Hart, Will Smith, Dwayne Johnson, etc. These people make things happen for themselves. And I find them to be probably the most influential public figures I know.

“Imagine you’re in a movie, who do you want to be in that movie? Well then be that in real life as well.” — Joe Rogan

I only admire someone that is doing something constantly. Someone that is controlled and accessible and humble about all the things that he’s doing. I make sure that I am always there to talk to people despite my weekly and monthly goals. And I make sure that I improve in my ways. A year from now I want to be a completely different person, so I plant those seeds for that achievement early. Early as in right now.

I have four areas of life that I currently mainly focus on

  • The Physical (working out): I workout three times a week. No matter the duration, I only focus on making sure that I am at the gym (could be 10 min., could be 1 hour 30 min.).
  • The mental (this is reading for me): I make sure that I read 40 pages a day. I used to go big or go home. So I set my bar too high. I used to set the bar at 100 pages a day. And I could not realistically maintain that. I set it that high because of the influence of people like Anthony Robbins, who say that they used to read a book a day. Well realistically, if you want to keep up your reading you do not set your bar that high. You set it lower and slowly improve until it all comes naturally.
  • Blogs: I make sure that I publish 2 blogs a week. No matter how many assignments I have or how many days a week I work. And I on average work 6–7 days a week. To put that in perspective, my last blog post was over 600 words and that was a short one. This one is 760 words. I kept these two blog posts short because I have had a busy month with school starting and summer season with work just finishing. But still, on average I am still writing 2,000 -3,000 words a week including all my assignments and things that I do not get around to publishing. That means re-editing and re-reading these blogs as well, making sure that they are in the best shape possible to go out in the public.
  • Musical: I play guitar 5 hours a week. I play with 2 friends independently and with both of them I have ambitions in starting musical projects. With one of the two I have a gig coming up this weekend. Things are on the horizon because of the seeds that I am planting. I believe this to be the case with everyone that does these things.

What Happened in September:

Because of maintaining what I started I was able to finish four books: Behind Closed Doors, by Paris, B.A.; The Party by Harding, Robyn; The Lovely Bones by Sebold, Alice; and Apology by Plato (and Socrates). On average that is one book a week. On top of that I have started some exciting reads from Anthony Gottlieb, Ernest Hemingway, and Dostoevsky.

I am getting to a spot where I can easily run for 30 minutes on the treadmill without being extremely tired (serious improvement for me, since at the beginning of the summer I could only run for 10 minutes without being out of breath). Also I have a workout buddy now, which gives great mental stamina.

I have released 10 blog posts this September (including this one). I posted them all below. All on various topics: (if you are interested, I would love for you to get a chance to read them):

And because of continuous guitar practicing I have started learning another one of John Mayer’s songs and will be popping that on my Instagram where I have some more juicy jams (link below) and we have also started working on a complete set (8 songs) that are ready for a demo soon, which will hopefully be released in October.

Plant the seeds. See the results. I write this to encourage you to self-reflect and give yourself goals to accomplish throughout the month. Plant the seeds. We’ll see the trees growing soon enough.

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Author of “Up in the Air: Christianity, Atheism & the Global Problems of the 21st Century” on AMAZON | Exploring Ethical Living | IG: jakub.ferencik.official

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