Marijuana users have an unattractive stigma of being lazy and extremely unproductive. This can be somewhat true but it is very easy to build great living habits, while still being able to hit your bong, and be medicated on your favorite herbs.
Starting a business, writing a novel, learning a new hobby, all while being stoned out of your mind are possible. This is especially important for people with illnesses that require them to smoke several times a day, every day.
Get Your Finances in Order
Managing what money you have and juggling that with your ‘want to have a good time’, while still paying your bills, is absolutely key to getting motivated and becoming productive. There are so many great resources online to help you track your spending and set budgets for weekly or monthly goals.
One, of these is Mint.com which allows you to connect your bank account to your online account and track spending in real time. Using the tools provided you can set up monthly and weekly budgets as well as track and sort every dollar you spend. They also have great tools for sending you alerts when you get close to your budgeted quota’s or when you surpass your monthly budgets.
Define Your Long-term Goals
After you have your budget in order, it’s time to take a look at your long-term goals. What do you plan to accomplish within the next year, how about the next five years, and possibly within the next twenty years? Today is the day to start on that journey. There are many great ways to work toward your long term and short-term goals.
My personal favorite is “Don’t Break The Chain” which is a research backed mind hack popularized by Jerry Seinfeld. It uses your basic instincts and your evolutionary need to create patterns to build powerful habits.
Don’t Break the Chain Basics
The basics of the system are that you start small and decide on one or two habits you want to build into your life. A good example would be going for a run every morning, reading a book for 30 minutes, practicing a foreign language for an hour a day.
Then using a calendar in your home or an online website you mark a red “X” in the square of the calendar for every day that you succeeded in doing the task.
Make sure to put the calendar in a place that you see every day, such as, your kitchen/living room/bedroom. You want to make sure that you are forced to see it. If you are using the website version set the calendar as your homepage or install this Google Chrome extension.
It will be a struggle at first, but once you start to see the chain building on the calendar you will find it harder and harder to want to break that chain and miss a day.
Prioritize Your Day
The only thing that is keeping you from fulfilling your dreams is yourself. If you have chores or other work that you need to get done, make sure to get them done at the beginning of the day. Then you will have the entire day to have fun and do what you want without it weighing on you.
As Mark Twain said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Use Engaging Tools to Build Discipline
Another great tool although a little childish (it’s great for kids or those in a roommate situation) is the website Chorewars.com. Which allows you to build quests out of daily chores and earn experience points, gold, and items from completing them.
Defeat monsters, level your character, and make your life better in the process.
These are just a few of the many ways you can make yourself more productive and all of this can be accomplished while you smoke and use marijuana.
Marijuana can expand your mind and thoughts, which in turn could spark new creative stories, inventions, and more. I say, light up with your best bong and start thinking about your future. It is up to you to put pen to paper.