So far, I’ve done a pretty good job of it. Using a combination of my calendar and task list, I’ve been able to keep myself structured in how I allocated my time.
January 1, 2020 to Present
I’ve been putting out 1 video per week on the Superhero Institute, one podcast per week on Shareable, and (attempting to post) one blog post per week on this site. All of this gets collected together with 5 curated resources in my weekly newsletter that goes out every Monday (pssst…you should subscribe). Newsletter #5 goes out tomorrow morning.
I try to keep the Superhero Institute Facebook Group active by sharing interesting content and the Meetup group alive by connecting with other meetups for partnerships and planning events based around member feedback.
On top of that, I’ve been bringing new clients onto the paid levels of the Superhero Institute (I’ve got two), working with my deep consulting clients, and trying to get two new additional lines of business launched: The Philadelphia Content Company, a content marketing agency, and Shareable.FM, a podcast network.
While I’m working on all of that, I’m also building new talks like Becoming Superhuman and The Lovable Leader, while also adding a few thousand words every week to the first draft of my book: The Lovable Leader–I’m at 48,000 right now.
When I’m not doing that, I’m working on a few side projects like promoting my online dating course, live-streaming conversations about politics with my friend Tim on Twitch, or finding time to drink bourbon and argue with my friend Marco as we build new episodes of Barguments.
I’m also making sure to have plenty of downtime to spend with my pregnant wife, setting up the baby’s room, and staying healthy. I recently joined ClassPass where I’ve taken kickboxing, budo (aikido/judo/taekwondo), strength and conditioning, and yoga.
There’s more going on than this, but I’ll leave it at that…
Here’s my challenge to you
This post is intended to kick you squarely in the ass and force you to come face-to-face with your own discipline.
I recently read a book called The Productivity Handbook for lazy people. Overall, it’s a pretty solid book. In the book, the author suggests a 10-day challenge. So, I’m going to pose it to you.
Challenge yourself to do something for 10 days straight. Make it something that will improve your life or business. Some suggestions:
- Tell your spouse that you love them at some point during the day
- Do 20 minutes of exercise
- Engage with 5 people on Linkedin
- Send a sales email
- Do 50 pushups
- Write in your journal
Whatever you pick, make it something that you alone can control. Then see how far you get as a test of your discipline.
If you: Make it less than 3 days…
You need serious work on your discipline. Maybe it’s your inner dialogue, maybe it is your processes. One way or another though, you’re going to have a tough time in life if you can’t muster the will to make it past 3 days.
If you: Make it 3-8 days
This is standard. Most people have the will to go past 3 days, but dropping off at 4 isn’t something to boast about to the 3-dayers. Try to get to 6,7, or 8 days before you go patting yourself on the back.
If you: Make 9-10 days
This is the benchmark of those who are disciplined. The ability to go from 0 to consistent is not easy, but once you’re able to do it, very few things can stand in your way…at least as it relates to the effort and focus you are putting in.
Challenge yourself, today
Also published on Medium.