Today we want to discuss the yin and yang of life. Learning how to break and recuperate so that you can be productive with more intensely once you’ve got to be. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been traveling, playing golf down and up the East coast of America. Long drives up to 20 hours, small rest or time to myself and below average nutrition resulted in an almighty collapse of my immune system throughout the excursion.
Let’s understand it
After about seven days of the 10-day trip, I began feeling sick and just over a week after and lots of days stuck in bed/on the sofa, I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. So aside from losing a week in my life, what could I possibly learn from this latest crash ? Well, let us start to explore where this may have come from. In my opinion, lots of my problems would have originated from weeks/months of moving 60-80% all the time.
What do I mean by this? Well during Conor McGregor’s preparation for the Nate Diaz rematch, he realized that his preparation for the initial fight could not have been worse. He rocked into the gym in whatever time, remained there all afternoon doing bits and pieces of everything and there wasn’t any particular arrangement to his times or his life. Was he working hard? Yes, of course. But he had been working hard in the wrong ways. As he explained , there were no definitive beginning or finish times to his coaching sessions nor was there any particular training set for him to perform.
Therefore he got to the gym and kind of went at 60% for a long period of time that took a large toll on his body and his capacity to endure a 5 round fight. During his preparation for his rematch, however, he did everything he had to do to prepare him for a 25-minute war within the octagon. He started each session and finished each session at a specific time and he had a complete rest day every 3-5 days and this was the secret. He would go 100% during his training sessions in anticipation for his rest day, which he believed he’d earned. When you feel like you’ve earned a day off, you do not feel guilty when you have off a day which most of us fall victim to.
Once a week, he’d do a simulation of the real fight day, where he would do everything identical to what he’d do on the day of the fight. He would get up at precisely the exact same time, eat the same meals, visit the gym at the time he would go to the stadium and spar a 5 round war with a training partner. Everything was down and specific to a tee. So what relevance does this have to my life? As I said, I went in 60-80% daily for several weeks in a row and although there were days off in between, there were not actual days off since the guilt would wear me down just as far as a tough training/practice session or more.
What is happening?
This then contributes to a lack of motivation and the feeling of being worn out, but all the while, you know you’ve only had a day off and practice should start again . Subsequently, between the psychological warfare, the long and not so productive times along with probably too little sleep and quality rest, your immune system takes a hit like no other and you become restricted to your bed for a week. If you should look at your life as a heart and your days as the heartbeat, you may notice something.
What I discovered is that the center does not operate at 10,20,30 or 80% all the time. What the heart does is functions at 100% to get a heartbeat, then it rests, and then repeats until one day it quits permanently. That may equate to a creative life in precisely the identical way. If you can find a way to perform work, simply speaking, productive pulses, you will not only get more done but you will feel fresher for longer.
What to do?
So as to improve your creative lifestyle and those creative bursts on your life, you want to cultivate intense attention. Josh Waitzkin talks about the Tim Ferriss Podcast about having the ability to turn focus off and on so intensely that Marcello Garcia, among the best grapplers ever was asleep in the moments before his biggest ever struggle. He says that he could wake up and just turn it on and that utilizing intense interval training can help you achieve that. Interval training can help you cultivate the concept of turning it off and on very intensely. Your sole focus from the 45 seconds between sets is to get your breath back and get your heart rate down as low as possible before going again. Apart from the obvious benefits in brain that exercise has, interval training, if done properly can help you tremendously in turning your focus off and on.
Kind of like how Conor McGregor changed his coaching strategy but on a micro level. Beginning with interval training or extreme focus periods followed by discharge intervals can help you on the path to mastering your creative life. Another major concern of mine that I discovered about myself this weekend was the inability to switch off. Obviously being ill, I was not in a lot of state to go anywhere or do anything and it came at the perfect time, to tell the truth, since the Ryder Cup was on. I sat all day Friday to Sunday watching it during that time I noticed something. Although I had been lying on the sofa’relaxing’, I was not really relaxed. Every ad that came on, I grabbed my phone to test social websites.
The repetition of complete nothingness that social media is, makes us somewhat brain dead and it controls our thinking without us understanding. The next time you choose to rest and recuperate and maybe you do need to watch some TV, I recommend you to really just watch TV and leave your phone someplace else because when your telephone is by your side, you are constantly on edge and always in between the TV and your phone – the exact reverse of everything you need for your life. Caging the monkey mind and giving yourself the freedom to concentrate on one thing at a time can help the longevity of your energy and focus immensely.
The reason is, that if you spread yourself too thin, you end up in a pit because (a) you do not get as much done and (b) you end up in between two heads and neither of which serve you as best as possible. If you will turn off or take time off during the week, that is absolutely fine and necessary in actuality, but if you are going to do it, I recommend you to do it entirely since, 1/2 switching off means 1/2 switching and this is not what you want on your creative life. Always bear in mind that how you do something is how you do everything. The ability of creating routines and good habits is at the heart of the productivity dilemma.
The reason being is that if you’re able to create routines that permit you to perform’productive’ things almost on auto-pilot then they will simply be the way your home is and another thing on your own to-do list. I encourage you to sit down for an hour and make 2 things – the ideal work day and the perfect day off (rest day). What would these look like? How would your day go? What do you do? What time would you wake up up/go to bed? What do you consume? Would you work out or watch TV all day? Would you read? Spend some time with friends and loved ones?
By creating the perfect day, you’ll quickly see that this is not only possible, but very plausible as long as you do not fill it with actions from the sun up to sun down. Once you understand and understand the customs you want to make, it is as straightforward as placing them in place and always reminding yourself why you are doing it in the first place because inspiration is like bathing, it does not last. Create brief bulleted lists of those things that you need to do on both work days and rest days. Put your day up to get a brutally honest review. Allow yourself off time each day or a complete day off each 3-5 days. 1 suggestion for switching off (especially fiction). Short bursts of creative work are greatest. Work hard in anticipation for a day off. You’ll appreciate it more and you will work harder once you work.