My goal with this post was to write about what I did this summer to make it extremely productive unlike last summer.
Last summer I spent in Kelowna, BC, Canada, I worked ungodly hours all week and barely had energy and time to do the things I love, such as play guitar, read books, and write. This summer I wanted that to change. I still wanted to work a lot, but I wanted it within limits.
I wanted to document how many books I read, how many hours I spent playing on guitar, what songs I learnt, where I traveled, how I finished my English course etc., so that I could compare to the next summers that are yet to come.
I worked two jobs as a barista at Esther and Sons and the Rotary Center for the Arts. A combination of 482.7 hours throughout June, July, and August. I biked an average of 40 minutes a day to and from work almost every day.
The books I finished reading: The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the English Dictionary by Simon Winchester, Jazz by Toni Morrison, The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux, A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis, Revolution by Russell Brand, The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell, Civil Disobedience and Walden both by Henry David Thoreau, and lastly My Booky Wook by Russell Brand.
The books I started and did not get the change to finish reading: The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis, Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey, The Magic Lantern by Timothy Garton Ash, The Language Animal by Charles Taylor, and countless others that I did not plan on finishing reading.
On average I read about 50 pages a day throughout these three months. My goal was 50 pages. I fell short by almost 100 pages in 4 months.
I spent most of my time learning how to play John Mayer songs. I started learning Edge of Desire from his Battle Studies album. Then I learnt Paper Doll. Then I learnt Who Says also from Battle Studies. I learnt how to play Dave Matthew’s Bands Satellite, which was tremendous fun. It is done in a similar way as Edge of Desire by John Mayer.
Apart from that I was preparing to play at a wedding on bass. So I had to master 2 songs in detail for that. And I spent a lot of time jamming in different keys alongside another guitarist. We played almost every week for an average of 3 hours.
On average this summer I played 3 hours a week on guitar. Which for me is quite alot. Since I tend to not be so disciplined in my playing. I found a great sense of improvement with my skills. For the next semester up ahead (Sept. — Dec.) I plan on raising it to 4 or 5 hours a week and cutting back on my reading time from 50 pages a day to 40.
I also managed to travel this summer. I spent under a week in Montreal. So apart from keeping it very disciplined, working out every day, reading every day, and playing guitar with improvement in mind, I did manage to have my down time.
I also went to Vancouver twice: once for a John Mayer concert and once for an Ed Sheeran concert.
All in all — it was a great summer. I was disciplined, I had fun, I challenged myself, and I met people that will continuously challenge me in the future. I spent a month (August) without eating sugar and drinking alcohol (apart from one special occasion on the 30th). Good things are ahead because of the seeds I managed to plant this summer.
It is possible to be on the right track. No matter your past. You can positively shift. Be sure to keep yourself accountable. I have written 3 blog posts that could be of help to you if you want to slowly shift towards doing the things you love and lack the motivation to do them.
- 30 Days Without Sugar, How I did it — The Process of Success
30 Days Without Sugar, How I did It — The Process of Success
I made a bet. $100 if you don’t go without eating sugar for the month of August.
2. Productivity as an Artist
3. Jordan Peterson: The Master of Life Advice
Jordan Peterson: The Master of Life Advice
Jordan Peterson is one of my favorite public intellectuals and speakers. I spend at least an hour a week listening to…
I hope you enjoy!
Until next time, keep reflecting.