In the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about productivity. I started tracking how I spend my time. I’ve also been reading Turning Pro. I’ve known for a while now that to really achieve my goals with Learning by Doing, I’d need to utilise my weekends for projects way more. There just isn’t enough time before/after work on weekdays and whilst I do work on the weekends; it’s in my living room, TV in the background and housemates in the flat. It’s not optimal for work.
Advice from an old friend
“Show up on Saturday” – Lopo Champalimaud
Lopo is the CEO and founder of Treatwell. I first met Lopo in 2014 when he came and told the Treatwell story (then Wahanda) to the YPlan team. We kept in touch and in 2015 I invited him to do the same for the Deliveroo team. He’s a great speaker and I greatly admire his approach to work, building a business and leading a team.
He said something that day that sat with me. “Show up on Saturday”. So simple, but it has it’s nuance.
Taken simply, it means work hard. Work an extra day and you’ll be ahead of the crowd. That in itself is a competitive advantage.
But then there is the “show up”. Physically be present. Show up at the office. For me, this implies not just working hard but working hard with professionalism. Working hard with the same rigour you would work Monday to Friday. As Steven Pressfield would say in his book, this means Turning Pro.
So today, I put Lopo’s word’s into action. I packed my laptop and my sketchbook in my bag and jogged into the office. I showed up on Saturday.
This post was typed from my office. It felt good to sit down, in quiet, at a proper desk and write this. It was effective. I felt productive. I have a to-do list of 5 things that I want to get done before I leave today and I feel confident that I can get them done.
Productivity and momentum
And I intend to keep showing up on Saturday’s. Giving up Saturday’s might seem like a big commitment but it takes a big commitment to make something a success. To reference Steven Pressfield’s great book again; you need to put in the work, you need to be a Pro.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about momentum. My feeling is that productivity, energy and momentum are very linked. Sam Altman touched on this in his great how to build the future interview (from 9.15).
I’ve been thinking about his comments on momentum for 2 days now. Something powerful in that.
— StevanPopo (@StevanPopo) February 8, 2017
Working on Saturday’s may be tough at first, but if it builds momentum, it can be energising. It’s like pushing a tyre. At first, it is hard. But once you have momentum you need less effort to keep it rolling.
So I’ll do my best to keep it rolling. I’ll keep showing up on Saturday.