Sprint ahead, sleep, or plod on?

I drew this. I’m pretty proud of it.

Tonight I’m feeling pretty tired. My body is telling me that it’s one of those nights where I should just lie down with a book for a while then have an early night.

I have a few options.

  1. Listen to the inner chimp, forget about this blog for tonight and go to bed
  2. Ignore the inner chimp and write a 2,000 word story
  3. Acknowledge the way that my body is feeling. Write something anyway. Even something short. Appreciate that even if I don’t write much it’s still progress in the right direction.

I’ve decided to go for option number three.

There are people out there who will be screaming at me to go with option number two. These guys and girls are the super motivators. You can find their videos all over YouTube and the internet.

They will be the ones saying that you have to crush it everyday. That you get ahead while your competition is sleeping. That it’s go hard or go home.

I believe that there is a time and place for this level of motivation. I also believe that sometimes it is more beneficial to take your foot off the pedal a little and lower the rev count on your engine.

It’s important to slow down once in a while. Sometimes you need to take a step back and reassess where you are. Sometimes you need to just rest because you are tired.

But you should still maintain some momentum.

By choosing option number three I am giving myself the opportunity to rest without surrendering the progress I have made.

It is better for me to make some progress tonight, than either none at all (option two), or lots only to burn out tomorrow (option 3).

By continuing to write tonight I am reinforcing the discipline of action of writing each day. Nobody said it had to be long, or good.

If I can continue with my daily writing it will eventually become a habit. Once that happens it will be easier to continue than to stop.

So please do go out there and crush it when you can. And when you can’t just aim for a little bit of progress.

As my manifesto says,

Keep on moving. Even on the days that it’s a struggle just plod on.

After all the tortoise ended up beating the hare.

17 Jan 2016 PPP


  1. Blog post
  2. Daily push-ups
  3. Memrise Swahili lesson
  4. Memrise Malay lesson
  5. Swahili Class
  6. Drew a cartoon tortoise and hare (bonus)

Plans for tomorrow

  1. Swahili homework
  2. 30 mins Javascript practice/learning



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