Productivity Report For January and February 2011

So what I’ve learned for past 2 months?

  • Working out increases your productivity – documented, I achieved more in January than in previous months combined
  • Writing is about routine – prior to habit building my writing was sporadical
  • Changing your goals and being realistic will make you feel better about yourself, and you will more likely head in the direction where you started going
  • Building a habit is about slightly pushing yourself out of the comfort zone – if you push yourself too much you might give up
  • Accumulated work is bringing the results

January

I was taking it slowly and gradually without a plan, just deciding for January to reestablish one habit, habit of working out. This was huge for me, because I had a break where I didn’t do anything basicly for 4 months, because I had health problems (don’t worry, nothing big, I am okay now). Prior to new year, I was depressed, lacked physical activity and it didn’t look well from there. So starting January 1st, I worked out first thing in the morning.

Trough out first 2 weeks those were weak workouts consisting of push ups, pull ups and lasted around 5 minutes. But I didn’t skip any of them. After a while, when I built up I gradually started adding up, so at the start of the February I reintroduced P90X as my workout system, but not for too long, causeI got fever again, and that slowed down my progress. But I didn’t give up, I said to myself that no matter that I am sick I will stick with short workouts. There were two days, where I just did 10 push ups and called it a day, promising myself that the next day I will do 20, if I feel better, and I did.

I think that worse thing you can do is give yourself excuses. Even if you are sick you can trick your mind that “you’ve been working out“, even with those 10 weak push ups, it’s going to stay there, somewhere in the land of the Elephants, where we don’t forget 🙂 After a while I got better and pushed out 20 minute workouts, which made quite AWESOME routine. I will be introducing you this system, because I can tell how positive reactions you can get on your mindset and productivity itself just from working out.

Starting February 1st, I commited myself to writing a blog post every day. Seems this was a bit large bite for me at that time, because never before I had a habit of writing an article first thing in the morning. It was too much for me at the begging. So I took my own advice and said to myself, don’t worry, you are not a failure, just write something every day, at least two sentences, that are thought trough and brought together. After a while my Evernote notebook called “unpublished articles” got bigger and bigger.

Beside writing articles first thing in the morning, I was practicing captchuring ideas while I wait for anything. I just pull my smart phone and type, no matter that it’s not a real keyboard, ideas are real and they are captured and well organized. Not to an extend how I want them to be organized, but yea, it’s getting better and better.

There were couple of days where I skipped, those were at the begging of the month. I found myself distracted by social media, but lately, I see that pushing trough my comfort zone and making writing a breeze. I must say to any newcomer to a blogging gig, that having a blind typing skills is absolutely a must, because just right now, as I am writing this article I got into the flow that I was previously mentioning and that’s one place where every blogger wants to be.

I am satisfayed with my progress for past two months, I introduced two habits and I am sticking to my goal. Starting March 1st, I am reintroducing dieting habits and pushing my workout routine to the extreme. I will be trying to combine that with pushing out an article per day (so far I am only writing, not publishing as well). Somehow when I read it, it seems kinda hard, but knowing the habit building process so far, I can tell it’s going to be the challange for each 7 to 10 days of the first month.

Habit goals for the March 2011:

  1. Introduce 4 meals during the day
  2. Eat fruits daily
  3. Limit ordering food
  4. Start preparing food for myself at least 2 times a week

As the year progresses this is going to be more and more interesting. I promise this time I won’t skip March report as I did January. I don’t want to rip you off insight and my personal experience regarding habit building.


Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    Hi Bojan, greetings from England! Hope everything is well in Belgrade?

    Interesting post about your personal productivity, you’re trying enw things and experimenting with new strategies, which is great to see. You’ve got to keep trying things until something fits. And don’t be afraid to admit that something didn’t work.

    Great read all round! Looking forward to coming back 🙂

  2. Anonymous says

    Hi Bojan, greetings from England! Hope everything is well in Belgrade?

    Interesting post about your personal productivity, you’re trying enw things and experimenting with new strategies, which is great to see. You’ve got to keep trying things until something fits. And don’t be afraid to admit that something didn’t work.

    Great read all round! Looking forward to coming back 🙂

    • says

      Glad you liked the article! I would love to hear from you, your personal productivity techniques and how you get things done.

      Drop by, leave a comment, share your issue and I wil try to figure out a smart solution for you… And share it with everyone else.

  3. Anonymous says

    Hi Bojan, greetings from England! Hope everything is well in Belgrade?

    Interesting post about your personal productivity, you’re trying enw things and experimenting with new strategies, which is great to see. You’ve got to keep trying things until something fits. And don’t be afraid to admit that something didn’t work.

    Great read all round! Looking forward to coming back 🙂

  4. says

    Bojan,

    I like that you have decided to do the workout thing. Also writing is a good thing that I want to start doing more of. I can’t say that I have been so dedicated to doing it because of the ideas that I can’t seem to write about.

    • says

      Hey Mark,

      best way to get into the habbit of writing is keeping a journal of sorts. Make a habit of writing a journal, there you can pull some of the good stuff out there and make it public!

      That made me stick to habit, since I am taking journal notes since 2001!

  5. says

    Love your focus on fitness first. There are too many stationary bloggers. By getting up, working out and living life; your blog will be better. You’ll have greater focus, enjoy the company of others – and really come to love this life! I wish you all the best, and hope to see more improvements in the schedule of fitness. I’m right there along with you – doing my best to be more fitness minded. I’ve been terribly ill lately, but started by getting back into my Yoga routine. It’s fantastic!

    • says

      This comment helped me out this morning, I actually was thinking of slacking today… But I need to pay omen to my readers and continue to provide inspiration and motivation for others. 🙂

  6. says

    Bojan; Great post man! To build a new habit we have to push ourselves out of our comfort zone.

    Workouts provide productivity..yes indeed! You know what I do is take workout breaks every 30-45 minutes. Just a 5 minute break; that is all it takes to revitalize me into being productive (O:

    Talk to you later bro..

    • says

      That’s great tip for everyone, I am working on an article that talks exactly about the rythm of your work… And how to utilize the breaks in order to replenish the energy.

  7. Rob says

    Hey Bojan,
    Good work. Keep plugging away.
    I’ve been working my way to 100 push ups. Right now, at about 85.
    I’ll video and put on my site when I nail it.
    Working out is definitely good for several reasons, add in good foods to the diet.
    Sweet.
    Live it LOUD!

  8. says

    Great job teaching productivity to interested IM and off line workers. With continued effort and hard work you will be doing amazing things for years to come.

    I added you to my blog on internet marketing. I hope to have time to continue visiting.

    P.S. Keep up with your workouts. It will help increase your self-esteem in which you will be more productive.