July 31st. 1pm.
note: this was just my first experiment. To see the final results and analysis after a few weeks of experimentation, click here.
Me and my buddy Kush are breaking in the morning at my place.We’ve got a spliff lying around and he wants to get high. I want to do some work.
Kush, unrelenting as usual, says to me, “You know what I do when I need to do intense study for a test?”.
“What?”, came my sarcastic reply, already expecting the answer and thinking he was joking.
“I get high, sit down, and focus”. I guess Kush must have read the incredulity in my face, because he elaborated; “No, really. If you get high with the intent to get something done, and you don’t sidetrack yourself, you’ll ace it.”
I was still incredulous, but always willing to try something new and awesome out. Especially if it helps me be productive. So I accepted his claim as a challenge, and so was born…
The Marijuana Productivity Experiment
Getting high with the intent of being productive on specific tasks, will lead to an uber-productive session.
Hot box my closet-like bathroom. Go fuel up on good food. Get to internet and make shit happen.
- Write 2 Chill Hookah Articles
- Edit Asymmetrical about page
- Make today’s pst for the Make Money Blogging Experiment
- Write another Hookah Article
- Read Education of Millionaires
I significantly over planned, in case this turned me into a superhuman of productivity and I didn’t want to have to stop and plan.
The Break Down:
Only read if you’re interested in a good story. Skip to “The Result” if you just wanna know the results. Caveat: I forgot to record times xP
After nearly dying in my steam and smoke filled, 3 foot squared bathroom, me and Kush tumbled out and gasped in the fresh air.
This was potent weed, given to me by my shaman-like friend Edgar, and I had rarely/never been this high before.
Getting (literally) High:
Then the sidetracking started. I was inexorably drawn to the outdoors at my front porch, and was breathing in the fresh air and sunlight when Kush swaggered up behind me.
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remembered that I wanted to be productive this high. But I knew that I was at the most intense and mind-changing part of the high, and now was not the time.
Then Kush looked at the huge tree on my front lawn and said, “Dude. We must climb this tree.”
I whole heartedly agreed, and immediately raced to the tree and jumped up. I had climbed once before with my companion Melanie, and I once again got up to the aprox1.5 meter high point I had found before with her.
Kush joined me, and told me to. Go. Higher.
Now, there’s something I haven’t told you about Kush…he’s a natural born leader, and has no problem helping his friends get into danger (but not always himself ;P).
So, with Kush egging me on, I climbed up another, very difficult 2 meters. At one point, I had to push between two huge branches going in a V: my feet on one and my back on the other, inching up. Then turn around (somehow), and grab onto another V (using only my upper body now), and lift myself up. I did all this while eyeing the spiked (literally) fence directly below me.
But this wasn’t high enough for Kush. He encouraged the scared shittless me to climb up another meter and a half over spiked fence and hard pavement (no more grass to at least give the image of softness). I’m not going to go into the details, but I was now about 5 meters high in a tree. The highest I have ever tree climbed.
I got to a point where I slipped, and had to catch myself. I saw that as a signal that this was my current limit, and (painfully) climbed/slid back down the tree.
The Unexpected Rush:
During the last bit of this climb, Kush noticed that we were very low on time. He had a 4 pm bus ride back to Toronto, and it was about 2:30.
We grabbed our shit and headed out (a bit early because of nervousness/paranoia).
We arrived early, and grabbed a delicious subway to fuel up. Kush went to skype chat with his cutie, and I pulled out my comp and recorded the experiment details so far.
Now I was good and primed, ready to jump into my tasks.
Until BEEP BEEP BEEP, my phone alarm went off. It was 4pm…where was Kush!?!
The Departure of Kush:
Ten pretty intense minutes of searching and rushing later, we’re waiting in front of the parked bus. Not only are we the first guys on the scene, but even the bus driver was no where to be found.
I said bye to Yauheni and Geula (two other friends that had been living with me for the week), got an intense productivity pep talk from Kush, promised to keep him updated on my life, and biked off towards a beautiful Montreal café called Pikolo.
Around 5pm, I sat down, with my laptop and a delicious Latte, updated the experiment’s progress, and launched into my tasks.
First off, I wrote the HUGE Evolution of Hookaharticle for Chill Hookahs. It came out amazing. And then, spontaneously as I was editing the Evolution article, I wrote another one on the inventor of hookah that I had been procrastinating on.
Pikolo was shutting down, so I hopped on my bike, hit up a 24 hour coffee time, and edited, pictured, and published the two articles.
Wrote down the experiment’s progress, took a 15 minute facebook break, and then took care of today’s blog posts for the Make Money Blogging Experiment.
Got scared of my next step (editing the Asymmetrical About page), procrastinated a bit with facebook and a nap.
By now the high is over and I’m pretty exhausted (Haven’t managed a full night’s sleep for about 3 days thanks to my insane and awesome friends).
I decide to head home and catch up on my Z’s. The experiment ended around 10:30pm.
Success!In less than half a day I had accomplished more than the previous three days.
In about 5 hours of work time, I had written two blog posts (one over 1000 words long), edited and published three blog posts (the one on this blog had already been written), and skeletoned a fourth (this one).
I had also run an experiment to increase my productivity, and beat my highest climb in a tree.
When doing so with the intention to complete a specific set of tasks, getting high on marijuana can be used to increase one’s productivity, creativity and focus.