I’ve been feeling a little bit behind lately between getting a couple of new clients and finding time to have summer fun so I thought I would take advantage of the 4th of July “holiday” to try something a little different, a productivity tour! You may have heard of the Productivity Pub Crawl from Beyond the To Do List or the Productivity Retreat from Ryan McRae so I wanted to try my own version! I planned to get up at my normal 5am start time on the 4th, get to the gym and then make my way to a couple of coffee shops and cafes throughout the day to get some work done.
In both the Productivity pub crawl and the Productivity Retreat there’s a certain level of planning and preparation involved because they recommend having a specific plan for either each day (if doing multiple days) or each location. They also say you should pack and be ready to go the night before, get a good night’s sleep, have a healthy (but not too heavy) breakfast, etc.
Here’s what I learned from my productivity tour:
Prepare and plan
Unfortunately I just didn’t plan accordingly from the start. I went to a baseball game the night before which inevitably led to me staying up too late so I ended up sleeping in and skipping the gym. Now that might now be a big deal for some people but getting to the gym in the morning is my normal routine and always sets me off on the right foot so I just didn’t feel like I was ready to crush the day from the beginning.
Scout your locations
I also just assumed I could stop into any coffee shop or cafe to work for a few hours before moving to the next location. I didn’t consider the fact that some cafes might be too busy or wouldn’t have good seating. Later in the day going to a coffee shop without a bathroom and an outlet was also just not an option. This resulted in a lot of wasted time scoping out working locations.
Know your working style
I thought this would be a fun way to play catch up and work on a holiday while trying out some new coffee spots. But I was in denial about is the amount of time it takes me to settle into a new location and get down to business aka how much time I spend procrastinating. Every time I moved to a new place it would take me at least 15 minutes to get settles and get focused again. And as I was packing up after each location, that added another 5-10 minutes of packing up and preparing to leave plus time to get to the next spot.