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Are You Making This ONE Productivity Mistake?

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

Last week we covered some powerful ideas around energy and procrastination.

First, we discussed the three kinds of exhaustion.

Then, we talked about the four reasons we don’t get things done.

And if you followed along, you should hopefully have a handful of practical next actions to blast through some productivity roadblocks.

Today, I want to try something ‘same same but different’.

I want to share my most recent update from “Execution Club” (the accountability forum in TAoL’s TRACKTION Community).

And I want to do that for three reasons.

  1. It’s a great way to let you peek into one of the most powerful parts of FASTER TO MASTER’s productivity masterclass;
  2. It’ll give you a real-life example of weekly, holistic goal setting (we’ll talk about this another time); and
  3. It’ll show you that nobody gets away with mismanaging their energy.

Here’s my update from yesterday:

Phwoar – shocking weekly goal performance for me last week. But as always – it’s the worst weeks that teach the best lessons.

The ONE thing that killed me this week was tiredness.

Even I was expounding on the importance of recovery in my weekly emails I wasn’t getting enough sleep to recover from the mental and physical workload I’m scheduling for myself.

This was partly down to an unexpected podcast interview I gave on Tuesday (that could only happen late) plus a couple of bad nights of sleep after the late free training (Wednesday) and QA call (Thursday).

That hit me subjectively in everything from my thoughts and emotions to my decision making AND it hit me objectively in my deteriorating “Readiness” scores in my sleep tracking app (calculated based on waking resting heart rate and heart rate variability) which fell steadily from 4.09 (out of 5) on Sunday to less than 2.5 by Friday AM.

Anyhow the result was that sleepy => sloppy => falling behind => overcompensating (especially re B&C) => not making time and space for the other things that matter.

EVERYTHING is harder (for you AND the people around you) when you’re tired which is why my ONE thing this week is making sure I’m getting my 8 hours every single day – even if that means re-organising my schedule so I can take longer naps than normal in the early afternoon.

Here’s my update. Let’s do this. ✊🙌

Last week I:

HV – Lifted (1)(2)(3) times
HV – Played tennis (1)(2)(3) times
HV –
Stretched (1)(2)(3) times

TE – Got Headspace + did Waking Up (S)(M)(T)(W)(T)(F)(S)
TE – Got (20)(40)(60)(80)(100)(120)(140) mindful moments

FF – Did not call (1)(2)(3) core members

LP – Did not book (a good) date night for next week

GL – Did not clear Anki backlog to (800)(700)(600) cards

PP – Got 8h+ total sleep (S)(M)(T)(W)(T)(F)(S)

BC – Sent (1)(2) Seinfeld emails to non-buyers
BC – Spent (2)(4)(6)(8)(10) hours of deep work on MOFU FB Ads

WL – Did not reconcile joint expenses

This week I’ll:

HV – Lift (1)(2)(3) times
HV – Play tennis (1)(2)(3) times
HV –
Stretch (1)(2)(3) times

TE – Get Headspace + do Waking Up (S)(M)(T)(W)(T)(F)(S)
TE – Get (20)(40)(60)(80)(100)(120)(140) mindful moments

FF – Call (1)(2)(3) non-local core members

LP – Buy Erin flowers
LP – Build Arena Strength App Beta (Tue)

GL – Study 60mins of Anki (S)(M)(T)(W)(T)(F)(S)

PP – Sleep 8h+ (S)(M)(T)(W)(T)(F)(S)

BC – Send (1)(2) Seinfeld emails
BC – Study Depesh FB ads course for (1)(2)(3)(4)(5) hours

WL – Reconcile joint expenses
WL – Book Lombok flights

See you next week.


(N.B., To understand what the letter-pairs at the start of each goal mean, read this article:

Now from a productivity perspective, there’s A LOT of great stuff in this update.

I’ll cover some of those ideas in my upcoming emails but if you’d like to learn more about “Execution Club” or understand WHY sharing these kinds of goals is the ONE most important thing you can do to get more done (and keep it up week after week after week) then you should come along to this week’s free training.

Here’s the link to secure your seat:

But the most important point I want to get across to you, one last time, is this:

“There is no such thing as doing too much, only not recovering enough.”

Your body doesn’t care if you’re Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Cheryl Sandberg or Oprah Winfrey.

Your body doesn’t care if you’re a productivity coach or if you just had 4 days of holiday.

You will not become the person you want and deserve to become if you’re scraping through each day on low-power mode.

You will not make good decisions for you or the people around you if you’re blunted by tiredness or fatigue.

You will not get big things consistently done if you wake up each morning exhausted.

Get 7-8 hours of sleep. Nap in the afternoons. Exercise. Stay hydrated. Eat well. Mix up your work. Take frequent breaks…

Look after your energy and the rest will look after itself.

Now get out there, have a great week and go well 🙌

Arthur “Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast” Worsley
6:38 AM


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