Productivity stroke life hacking. It’s supposedly a thing. You know, where you take on the the stellar habits of ‘successful’ people. I think how it works is that you’re supposed to carefully graft this patchwork of heavily curated and apparently desirable traits onto your personage so that you can be less like you… and more like… Frankensteins monster.


Being efficient at life is an important skillset, if you cultivate the ability to cram more of it in there… following the trusted maxim of ‘more is always better’, you should definitely be getting up earlier.

I wake up every morning at 4am. Because… well.. I also want to be a winner and be elevated up to a paragon of my kind. In fact ‘Be more like Joey’ should be the mantra on the lips of every neophyte ready to take their first step on their journey to… well  probably damnation (if we are going to be completely honest) but let’s pretend our end point is going to be somewhere nice.

People often ask me how I manage this seemingly near impossible feat of will so consistently. (no one really asks me this, but I’m going to blog about it anyway, because every action requires some sort of societal justification)

The secret to waking up early is easy. Go to bed earlier. I know. Dramatic reveal right there. Of course early evenings come with opportunity cost. I have a threenager and an infant, but I’ve heard some people like to go out for dinner at night to restaurants and do stuff outside of the domicile that doesn’t involve cleaning up after the localised hurricane that passes through on a daily basis. I vaguely remember what that was like.

4am to 6am is my time. I mean it could also be 8pm to 10pm. But I found that ‘me time’ tacked onto the end of my day when I was already tired, like some sort of after thought wasn’t very fulfilling.

Pay yourself first. I think this is actually one of the better aphorisms that gets bandied about and one that I find works for me. I’ve found that I’m a better person (to those around me) when I’ve taken care of my own needs first.

Virtue through selfishness.

Maybe it will catch on.



  1. Im usually up at 4 too, torturing myself reading. I’m trying to graft a patchwork of heavily curated and apparently desirable traits onto my personage. Hey, that sounds a lot like a follower of religion. Jesus Christ!

      1. I would rather sleep-in, but that is not my lot in life. So far it’s just you and me. I don’t see any others in this bandwagon of early birds.

  2. For me, I have found 3:30 workouts to be a very grounding and humbling experience. Maybe it’s a residual habit from my days in the Navy, or maybe it just promotes an inner sensation of peace through working my endorphins and getting them flowing to elevate my mood for the day. Nevertheless, because of this I am ready to take on whatever the day has in store. Thank you for the great article. It reminded me of a mantra I often tell others, the most Selfish thing you can do is be Selfless. This his especially true if you have children. If your ship sinks, who will guide them through the choppy waters life affords us all in our journey to realize Our potential.

  3. Oh god…. The 10 Habits of Super Successful People, The 7 1/2 Rules for Successful Existence. Steer well clear of Gurus and their stupid advice is my One Rule. Most if them only do all that crap to make money. Without exception Gurus are snakeoil salesmen.

    1. Oh I wholeheartedly agree with you. I wish I could say that I never fell for all the BS. *glances at his bookshelf* Alas, Tim Ferriss has some of my money…

    1. Ha ha. Yeah, I think everyone makes…. I don’t want to call them mistakes necessarily because (I suppose) we wouldn’t be now if it wasn’t for those ‘errors’ in judgement. As long as we learn and carry on living right?

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