Benjamin Franklin’s Productivity System
By Luis Duque | Issue #8
This past week has been busier than usual between studying for the PE, recording and editing a few podcast episodes, and volunteering. It has really made me appreciate the value of quietness and solitude – especially as an introvert.
There have been days where I have worked non-stop from 5 am until 9 pm. I want the Engineering our Future podcast to be the best it can be, so I spend a lot of time working on it. The hard part is that a large percentage of people don’t get to see the amount of work that it takes to do a single episode of the podcast.
On average, I would say each episode takes me around 5 or 6 hours between researching guests, planning, recording, editing, publishing, and promoting. That is not an insignificant amount of time when considering I still work a full-time job, volunteer, and have a growing family.
Cal Newport, who wrote Deep Work, published an article about Beethoven and his majestic music. Beethoven produced some of his most inspiring and magnificent melodies after he lost his hearing. This makes me realize that a lot of times the best work is done in silence.
No matter what you are working on, don’t get discouraged when people are not “noticing you”. The funny part is that no matter what we do, there will always be someone who notices and it changes their lives (I am hopeful this is you). It always brings me joy when I hear nice comments about what I am doing and it keeps me motivated to keep going. I recently started a log of all the nice comments, messages, and more I have been receiving to look at them when I feel like I am not going anywhere. Here is a recent comment that made my day:
Let’s continue Engineering our Future
Quote of the Week
Make it easy to start and the rest will follow.From Atomic Habits by James Clear resurfaced using Readwise
This Week’s Favorites
- Book: I recently started reading The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. So far it is am amazing book about doing the things we love and automating the rest.
- Article: Give Cal Newport’s article a read. It was insightful and eye opening. Cal Newport is an amazing writer.
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