Mondays, as we know it, are not fun at all. Having a productive Monday is a godsend let alone the Most Productive MONDAY™ — which is what I had yesterday. I can’t shake the feeling of how awesome it felt.
I wanted to write this article yesterday but didn’t wanna jinx it. So, here it goes. Not only was yesterday the most productive day I had in 2018, but a cherry on the top it was a Monday. See, I know! 😲
This is what the day looked like:
🌘 I slept at
1 AM Sunday’s night.
☀ And woke up at
4 AM on a Monday morning (intentionally).
I’ve been meaning to make a drastic change in my schedule for quite some time now, but my time is hardly my own when I’m interviewing for a position at a few companies. Wrote about it in my 2017 Year In Review.
⚡ I meditated for a while and began my work at
📺 I’m recording my new online course → VSCode.pro nowadays.
📹 In the next six hours, I recorded about ~10 videos and that’s a lot of work.
- First of all, I prepare a topic, thinking about what I am going to talk
- Then I switch on recording in Audio Hijack (custom workflow thanks to Brian) — this stops any noise and too loud voice print from getting recorded. Which results into a generally clean audio recording from even a USB mic like mine (details about what I use)
- Then I loop this audio via Loopback to create a custom audio device within my system that is my main audio device
- Then I use SwitchResX to change my screen resolution to
1280 x 720with HiDP to record at
16:9which is a good standard
- After that I switch on recording via Screenflow — my screen and the Loopbacked audio from AudioHijack (which is in turn recording my audio via Rode Podcastor)
- Then after recording a single video, I create a folder named after the lesson I just created, then I save it as a
1-REC-RAW.screenflowfile then I make a copy of it and rename it to
2-REC-Proccessed.screenflow— from which I export lossless audio and save it as
- After that I open Adobe Audition CC 2018 and start a predefined preset for a multitrack (thanks for Joshua who helped me build the preset) — inside this preset I import the Raw audio file from the last step, I process it a little, and then export the entire multitrack session which I in turn export as a
- This new processed audio file is what I import in my
2-REC-Proccessed.screenflowfile where I process both the audio and video files — trim down long puases, mistakes, umz and aaz
- Finally, I export a
1920 x 1080video file called
5-Video.mp4from screenflow ready to be uploaded at my Vimeo pro account with custom export template
- Then I play the video to see if it’s good and upload it to Vimeo pro
🙈 That’s a lot of work for one single video recording, that you’ll watch in what 2 to 5 minutes. I wrote more about this workflow and over-engineering in my 2017 Year In Review.
👌 So, when I say that I recorded and post-processed ~10 videos in six hours, that’s an achievement — I am so proud of. Highest I could ever go.
☕ Drank a cup of coffee after a couple of weeks. Trying to do away with coffee-addiction for a couple of years now.
11 AM I watched my daily dose of English TV Series and slept again.
☄ Woke up again at
3 PM and was pretty fresh to start the work again.
🤖 Then a couple of developers wanted consultancy and support so I took an hour off my schedule to jump on a call and helped them with a project.
❌ On the last Saturday, I arranged this #GlobalAzure meetup and lost my memory card with all the pictures in it. Wrote an email to send to the attendees about what had happened. All I was left with were these Instagram Stories my wife recorded while I was talking about Azure Cognitive Services with MongoDB Atlas project that I have been building. Give it a watch →
🔥 At around
6 PM I recorded a VSCode hot tip to share on Twitter. I then deployed the hot-tip via pug based static site builder I wrote which generates hot tips for me that I build with Azure functions and deploy with Netlify.
🕌 I also managed to meditate/pray five times on Monday — incredible AH!
🍵 Then I took a cup of tea with a few kebabs thanks to my wife Maedah.
💰 Had to deal with a few taxation issues out of the blue. Pretty strange!
🗑 Wrote a small open source library and managed a couple of issues/PRs at GitHub. With over hundred GitHub #OpenSource repos I do that almost daily.
💪 Finally, at
8:30 PM I was at the gym. Spent an hour on cardio/treadmill, and then about 45 minutes exercising for biceps/triceps and shoulders, including a few aerobic exercises.
🍲 Came back home to eat dinner, watched an episode of Billions and went back to bed by
1 AM. What a day it was.
I slept twice in 24 hours and worked for ~10 hours, with 3 hours of exercise and other stuff. Never imagined a Monday could be so productive.
👇 Here’s what my RescueTime data looks like. Pretty sure it was more than 85% productive — but I’ll take 85 any day of the week.