Lose the Crutch
For the longest time I thought I needed caffeine to be productive. I needed a lot of things, actually.
I needed the perfect time, with no distractions.
I needed my favourite chair, at my favourite desk.
I needed my coding playlist.
I needed my giant monitor.
I needed the right motivation or inspiration.
I needed that jolt of caffeine.
With everything in place, I could finally get to work. Conditions were perfect.
Except they weren’t, most of the time.
I didn’t need any of those things. Each one was a crutch. A tiny, perfect excuse to procrastinate.
Waiting for inspiration, motivation, or a “perfect moment” is for amateurs. A true professional knows the best way to accomplish anything is to sit down, shut up, and put in the damn work. Each and every day.
Want to get better at programming? Come up with a side project and work on it every day.
Wish you could improve your writing? Write 500 words every day.
Want to get better at cooking? Cook one meal — you guessed it — every day.
Doing great work is, in many ways, a numbers game. The more time you spend honing your craft, sitting there and just putting the work in, the better your odds of creating something great. You may not be the best in your field, but you can certainly work harder than everyone else.
So what’s holding you back? What excuses are you using to procrastinate? If any device, tool, setting, mood, or beverage becomes necessary to work, it needs to be jettisoned. Right quick.
This first appeared on the Monday Mailer.