“Drinking for Energy”
I was excited when I saw the title for my randomly selected chapter because it reminded me of a similar challenge I took on in my first years of undergraduate study in college where I tried to enhance my productivity with frequent hydration along with my fraternity brothers. Wait. Wait…Upon closer inspection, it turns out that the author is talking about water. That’s probably a good thing because my results, published in the form of my first few college report cards, were not as positive as I (and my parents) had hoped for. So let’s talk about what puts the Pee in Productivity.
I had actually done this chapter challenge before I even read it. Over the years I have eliminated caffeine, sugary drinks and alcohol from my diet entirely at times. I currently will enjoy an occasional adult beverage or a caffeinated drink but way less than in the past. Although I was never a coffee drinker, I drank lots of Mountain Dew, eventually switching to Diet Mountain Dew because I worried about being fat while I was unable to sleep due to the ridiculous amount of caffeine I was drinking every day (vicious cycle!) It had gotten to the point where I was so used to caffeine that it really had no effect on me. I can now notice how caffeine actually works when I drink a soda to stay awake driving home from whatever tournament my kids had all weekend.
I now drink lots of water. I carry a bottle with me all the time and easily meet the recommended daily allowance. I can’t say that it has made me any more productive. I probably go to the bathroom more often which probably has a negative impact on my productivity. Maybe one of the upcoming chapters will have a challenge where the author doesn’t go to the bathroom for a week to save himself more time to write about how much time he has saved.
Which brings me to my biggest issue with this book. I have always had a problem with people who do something just to write about what they did. It feels like this book falls squarely in this category. It would be easy to work toward being more productive if your only product was writing about productivity. I find myself wondering, “more productive for what?” I am reading a book about productivity written by a guy who doesn’t have a job other than blogging about how productive he is…how meta.
In order to be more productive myself (and to increase the flow of comments to follow) I am going to post my own musings which I will be calling “Real Productive” about why I think this book is unrealistic.
I will focus on productivity issues that affect a person in the real world. After reading my comment, please ask a question. By responding to you, we will both meet our commentary requirement for this book club and that will make us all “Real Productive” Here is the teaser…
My first chapter is titled “Home Alone”
In order to come closer to the Nirvana of productivity sought by the author I have decided that I am going to rid myself of one of the main drains on my productivity…my children. I have enjoyed my time with them but due to their negative impact on my ability to get things done, I am going cut them loose. With their constant demands for superfluous things like shelter and food, I have less time to talk about how much I can get done. You can imagine how difficult it is to highlight my accomplishments while I try and referee a fight between you and your sister over who gets to use the bathroom next, or who stole
who’s charger cable I will just keep blogging away as I try and find your clean socks for practice while also trying to call you mother to ask if she realizes that you have outgrown your ridiculously overpriced, yet lightly used cleats for one of three sports you are currently signed up for which happen to have practices at different ends of the earth at the exact same time and you haven’t actually eaten real food since your 10 o’clock lunch because you have a huge project due tomorrow which I am just now hearing about because you forgot to mention it while you were complaining about how you never get to have your friends over and you are so bored. I can’t even find time to punctuate the last sentence.
And that is just scratching the surface. I am sure you can add your own kid-related drama that sucks your productivity dry. Funny, I never heard the author mention that. All I could think of the whole time I was reading was how I would like to show up at Chris Bailey’s house, leave my kids on his porch, ring the bell, speed away in my car and see how productive he sounds in his next chapter.
I will add my next chapter in the comments section. Please comment below…