Day #1 : Building Momentum
This just occurred to me. I should do a 30-day daily blog challenge.
Why I’m taking up this challenge
I’m here trying to get back to work on an old project. I’ve been in this kind of situation before. I spark the fire and burn the wood. But when I break the fire (for whatever reason) and later go back to the wood, re-igniting the fire is harder than before. In case you didn’t get that metaphor, the fire is the focus and the wood is the work. I’m talking about momentum of productivity that is required to plough through a project. Rebuilding lost momentum is not easy and I’m currently presented with this task. So the smart thing for me to do is build up the momentum so that the fire burns longer. That’s just me. I know it’s very crude and ineffective. But I can’t work loosely. I have to be all in or not in at all. It might not be the same for you.
The art of building momentum is heavily underrated as I mentioned in one of my previous articles titled “Get into state before you get to work”. The truth is that the people who get the most work done have the least self-imposed thresholds of winning. Research shows that people with huge ambitions and heavy self expectations are more prone to depression. And that’s clearly understandable. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. So minimizing the requirement for the day not only eases up your brain from all the pressure but also gives you a endorphin-release due to the mini win. That is how it should be done. Slower fish first and then slowly the whales. The Snowball effect of Productivity.
With this 30-day daily blog challenge, my goal is to simply publish an article containing atleast a paragraph of content(not necessarily original) everyday no matter what. There is no pressure. Nobody is watching.
What I expect to get out of finishing this challenge
- Momentum. False Productivity is not always bad. If getting busy makes you get into state which then allows you to tackle important work then I would argue that it is not only ok but actually pretty smart. You’re leveraging something that’s not inherently useful to create something that is. I’m assuming that publishing an article before I get to work will have atleast some impact on my state. Some momentum has to be built at the back of my head. Nevertheless this challenge/experiment should prove or disprove my theory.
- Discipline is a muscle. In the book The War of Art, the author suggests that sustained creativity entails a lot of daily busywork. To overcome the perfectionism barrier, you need to just keep creating everyday. It will also build self-reliance. The confidence that no matter what, I will publish an article everyday even if it’s the most productive thing I do in that entire day. Power of Habit.
- In my article on the Importance of Documentation, I wrote about how journalling can trigger mindfulness. For me, writing is a way out of my head. Sort of like therapy or exercise. This is what got me started with writing on Medium in the first place. This is why I write.
What I’m going to write about
One of the biggest pieces of advice in terms of writing and overcoming the writer’s block is “Just write whatever comes to mind”. As GaryVee puts it, document don’t create. I’m just going to write about random stuff in my head. Challenges I’m facing, observations, learnings, experiences etc.
Peace be upon thy soul.