The other day I was revisiting my Masterpiece Day.
I’m pretty much constantly tweaking it on a micro +1 level and, when needed, revisiting it for a deeper architectural analysis of what’s working and what can use some work. 🤓
Usually I sketch out my day as a tall rectangle with an AM Bookend at the top and a PM Bookend at the bottom.
This time, I drew the day as a circle.
Recall: As we’ve discussed so many times, our day actually STARTS the night before—which is why our PM Bookends (featuring a solid shut-down complete and digital sunset rituals) are so important if we want to give ourselves the best shot of waking up feeling ready to rock.
I drew a circle.
Then I drew some arrows around the circle, starting at the top and going counterclockwise. I put “PM” on the upper left (around the 11 o’clock position). Then I drew an arrow from that to “AM” (around the 8 o’clock position) then the arrow continued to “DAY” (around the the 4 o’clock position) then it came back to another “PM” (around the 2 o’clock position).
I looked at that and said to myself, “Hmmm… Interesting. I have two PMs in one day.”
Then I thought: “PM counts twice. Fascinating.”
At which point I might have heard a mini choir of angels start to sing as I thought about Angela Duckworth’s Gritty line wisdom that “Effort counts twice.”
Recall: The rough equation for peak performance goes something like this:
Talent (which she defines as how fast you can naturally learn a skill) x Effort = Skill.
Skill x Effort = Achievement.
← Notice: Effort counts twice.
Back to our Masterpiece Day.
Remember: PM counts twice.
It’s pretty obvious that “Today” will have a PM to it. It’s not quite so obvious that “Today” ALSO had a PM yesterday.
Want to make tomorrow a great day?
Start it tonight.
PM → AM + DAY + PM = #carpediem