Too busy to get organized?
What a conundrum.

Contrary to what we think when there’s a massive to-do list stacked in front of us, taking the time for thoughtful planning and organization will ultimately give us more time, it does not steal it away.

It can be difficult to make that judgement when we’re in the thick of things.
Rapidly checking tasks off of our list seems productive, but not if that precedes the building of a quality system.

If the process is inefficient or unorganized, the time and work committed are no good.

The following (TESO) is totally arbitrary.
I made it up.
And I don’t actually plug numbers into the equation every day, but it’s a great metaphor,
and I LOVE metaphors.
I think you’ll get the point.


t + (e × s) = o

=   time (in days for this example)
=   effort (percentage based, “1” = 100% effort)
s  =   system design (efficiency of the process)
o  =   output rating

“o” is the only thing that matters. Maximum output.
Productive. Efficient. Successful. 

Jakob when he’s working so so so hard and not thinking straight (very common):

Mentality: Tireless worker. Head down. “Finish the task at hand.”
Daily: Little initial planning. Lots of effort. No retrospective evaluation. Constantly burned out.
t = 10 days     e = 100% (1)     s = 2
10 + (1 × 2) = 20

Jakob when he’s on top of his game (trying to spend more time in this place):

Mentality: Sharply intelligent. Likes taking days off. Works smarter than harder.
Daily: Takes time to design process initially. Less effort (70%). Evaluates the day. Meditates. Rests. Loves his life. Time for his wife. His “s” is a 3 because he builds a better system.
t = 10 days     e = 70% (0.7)     s = 3
10 + (0.7 × 3) = 21

Take the time to get organized.
Take the time to build a better system.

I have re-written this section countless times. This is the crisis of our generation, defining one's self in an 'about me' box knowing that 95% of our peers will log that as 'who we are' without ever speaking to us, because reading the long-version is just too cumbersome for our over-crowded, busy lives. // In short: I'm a polymath with a hyperactive mind, curious about and fascinated by the complexities of, basically, everything. I'm firmly committed to living a life of "areté"—omnipresent excellence, and my mottos are 'making the best of this life' (Mt. Botl), and "Do it now or forever wish you had". // I had a 'famed' basketball stint (captaining the 2014 Mercer team that upset Duke in NCAA Tourney + winning a Nat'l Title as a coach). I quit the sports industry all-together, cold turkey, soon after. I had an existential crisis with 'glory' and 'meaning' and other challenging thoughts revolving around how many hours (90+/week) I was spending trying to 'win games'. // Since 2017, I've been in pursuit of several entrepreneurial ideas and am educating myself on a few new areas of focus. The following is a condensed list of the countless curiosities and industries that I've explored, worked in, or studied the last 3 years (of which I will need to choose 1-3 of to focus on sooner than later). Writing, Podcasting, Teaching—Adjunct College Professor, Public Speaking + Workshops, Building & Construction, Sustainable Real Estate Development—Industrial + Urban Repurposing in particular, Negotiation, Marketing—Branding/design/communications, Woodwork, Gardening, Permaculture-based farming and homesteading, Psychology, Industrial Engineering—Process Improvement + UX consulting, Project Management, Renewable Energy, & Executive Coaching for (select) clients focusing on leadership, personal brand + career development, health habits, productivity, networking, and communication skills. Yes, all of it, and since I sleep minimally, and my mind races like an ostrich all day and night, I know a fair bit about each of those topics. I have an obsession with learning. I'm always looking to connect and have conversations with folks, so, hit me up. I hope my work brings you joy, value, a challenge, or a ripe perspective. Much love, Jakob

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