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Productivity, or the lack thereof

May 2019 has been a rough month, productivity-wise.

The whole year has been up and down.

In January, I was still cleaning up from some decisions Microsoft made in 2018. Still scrambling to record and produce courses to catch up.

By February, I was tired from the last couple of months hard work. I took a well-deserved vacation to Europe for 10 days, and it was nice. Can't say it was relaxing, as we saw 4 countries in those 10 days, but it was nice.

Back home in March, I had to get to work on a new course for a new client. I thought it would take a week or two, and it ended up taking 6 weeks. Another really big effort to create a course that should have been a lot easier. I don't know why it was so hard. I had to write scripts in advance – I never do that. And made an extra effort to impress them. I really wanted this to be a great course and put a lot of pressure on myself to make it.

By April, I had to fly down to California to record the course. Another 10 days vacation in Cali to recover from that, and see a the sights of SoCal that I've never seen before.

So by May, I wanted so bad to get back to work. To finish some courses that had been laying around half-finished. To produce new products to sell. But May was odd.

I just couldn't get into it. I would sit at the computer for 6 hours, and at the end, couldn't remember what I had done towards my goal. I took a lot of walks. I went to the gym. I tried to get myself into a state where I could work. And it just wasn't happening.

Until this past week. I really got so sick of not having done anything productive recently, that I forced myself to write. I created dozens of slides. I recorded several hours of video. I finished one of the unfinished courses. Just like that, in 3 days.

I now have a couple of more courses to do for the California client too.

Hopefully this is the start of a new trend. Every day, recording. Every day, writing. Every single day.

Have to get the habit of lining up X's on the calendar.

Three days down, infinity to go.

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