I’ve talked before when times I wouldn’t leave my house because I would talk myself out of it, those times I lost a lot business wise and personally. Now when I know something is going on, I do my best to make sure I’m there. When I was at my peak of performing well in life, I would show up for everything, I would never miss a work event, a personal event, nothing. It was burning the candle hot and fast, but when you are used to that kind of lifestyle you have the endurance. Hardly ever would I crash and I never felt overwhelmed. To me it was my norm. Now that things have slowed done, it is hard to get that endurance back, but I still always try go to places and meet up with people when asked.
But we know books are full of useful information, and being part of society I think it is important that we continue to grow as person, and keep our mind running at full capacity, and books do that. Since I’m been able to find a way to enjoy books, and be able to retain what I’ve learned from these books, I have made this part of my daily routine while driving. Usually anytime I’m driving somewhere I have at least a 20 plus minute drive. So when my commute is 20 plus minutes I will either listen to a podcast or a book. A pro tip is turn the speed up to 2x (or faster if you app has the ability). I have found that I can still fully understand what is being said, and I get a book done twice as fast. It does take some getting used to and I did work my way up by starting at 1 then 1.25, 1.50 and so on.
However this would ware me down, I was going from one extreme to the next, but as I talked about in a blog about small changes, I would do this a few times a week, then my body and mind would be exhausted, and I would have to relapse. Now it has been a few years since this low light happen, and I’m still working back to my old active self where I would be doing something 5 to 7 days a week. Some days I still crash hard, but never two in a row anymore (well hardly two). You have to understand I was used to working a million hours a week, so by where i said I was doing nothing, I was still probably putting in 40+ hours a week, but I was able to do that from the comfort of my home.