Updated: Jun 14, 2019
*I didn't have a chance to type this in last night...forgive me. My commitment is to writing everyday. I will transcribe (maybe not quite verbatim) in as timely a manner as I can.
Be productive. So much time is spent being unproductive. Every night, I sit down and produce a sheet of paper full of words. But there isn't anything special about that.
Anybody can write words on paper.
The 21st Century is full of easily accessible distractions. I'm not going to boo hoo about the details. I'm not going to whine about "this generation." Even Socrates is quoted complaining about the kids these days topic, 2500 years ago.
The generational is an adult problem, not a kid problem. But that is neither here nor there (even if their music is terrible, my parents thought the same about mine).
Be productive. Produce something. Accomplish something. Ignore those things that distract you from productivity. Productivity is a choice. Produce a clean desk. Produce a refrigerator full of produce...I'm sorry, apparently puns aren't funny. I Googled it...
The moral of the story is this. Get things done.
Learn how to manage your time. Make a to do list (maybe even a to don't list)...yawn, I know, but seriously...they are powerful. Build a schedule, commit to getting things done when they need to get done.
If you do it right, you might even get ahead and find yourself with some extra leisure time.
I'm not saying that everything you do needs to be planned out in advance (ask my wife, she will be the first to tell you that I don't operate that way). There is something exciting and special about spontaneity (spelled it right, first try).
It takes discipline to be productive. Discipline is hard. Paraphrasing my friend Tim Dixon, I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than the pain of regret (okay, you caught me, that is almost a direct quote).
Be disciplined. Be productive. Then, produce value.