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I am going through my new years goals and I was wondering if you have any insights on how to be more productive? You seem really productive. What’s the key in your opinion?

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Posted by Lars Svensen
Posted on 01/08/2017 4:08 PM
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That’s a really difficult question. I don’t really know the answer to be honest. If I had to guess I would say that the key is being organized and organizing things in such a way that you can actually get them done. I am really good at intermittent productivity meaning that I don’t block things out in big chunks. Most people schedule their day in big blocks. They eat a meal, they go to the gym, they do their work, they spend time with family, whatever. I don't do that because I can't be productive in really big blocks. Instead, I focus on trying to get a lot done in really brief increments repeated at times throughout the day.

Perhaps some of this is due to being self employed, but I really break up my day. I try not to spend more than 30 minutes straight on anything. That way I can really focus on one thing for a really productive bit of time without burning out on it. To make a bad analogy, I’d rather do 100 pushups in 10 different segments across 10 different 10 minute periods during the day than spend an hour doing a dedicated workout in which I try to do all of the pushups. The reason this works better is because it's hard to find a full hour in the day. But anyone can find 10 minutes. Yeah, maybe you won't get the same equivalent workout in, but you'll work out MORE CONSISTENTLY.

That just works better for me. Not sure if would work for everyone, but intermittent productivity is what keeps me focused and helps me get lots of little things done in a little bit of time adding up to a lot done over a lot of time.

Good luck in 2017!

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Cullen Roche Posted by Cullen Roche
Answered on 01/08/2017 10:49 PM
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    Thanks. I think that applies to me as well. I am constantly finding myself skipping workouts or burning out trying to do too much.

    One thing I was wondering is how does this apply to your Ironman training? Are you still doing it?

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    Posted by Lars Svensen
    Answered on 01/09/2017 12:54 PM
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      Not doing IM any more. Might be a one and done kind of thing. It’s a good example of something that really messes up my balance in life. When you have to divert that much time and attention to one thing you end up sacrificing so much else. I think you should have big goals, but the goals have to be realistic and they have to be manageable. When you make a goal like a IM you are basically making one big goal that year. Maybe that’s fine for you, but for me it was a little too much. I had no balance in my life when I did it.

      I’m actually getting back into bodybuilding this year. Still doing some light cardio on the side, but I’m getting to the age where packing on muscle is going to get more and more challenging so I figure I might as well make one more good run at it before I start totally falling apart. :-)

      If anyone has any good weight lifting programs, tips and stuff I am all ears.

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      Cullen Roche Posted by Cullen Roche
      Answered on 01/09/2017 1:09 PM
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        How about avoiding click bait and envy porn such as Facebook, Washington/Huffington Post, et al? The Internet is actually a disgusting red light district without an ad blocker nowadays.

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        Posted by MachineGhost
        Answered on 01/13/2017 6:43 PM
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          For weightlifting, Drew Baye is your “minimum time, maximum effort” cult of personality. Google him.

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          Posted by MachineGhost
          Answered on 01/13/2017 6:45 PM
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