Day 19

Little things add up

Finished undo-ing my phone number experiment today. That rabbit trail hurt a bit.

Have to remember to keep it simple. No, simpler than that. The simplest thing that could possibly work. Then add another little essential thing. Keep building something a little bit at a time, without getting caught up in big dreams or future features. Focus on needs to happen right now and build that. And only that.

Doesn’t seem like it should be so difficult, but it is, at least for me. I get a little carried away almost every time I set out to build something, even if it’s just mentally. Maybe it’s just part of the process, but I hope to get better at doing less and to spend less of my time undo-ing and redo-ing.

I love what Justin wrote a few days ago. Little things add up. Start small and build one tiny thing first, then another. I’ve also been thinking a lot about what Jason wrote around the same time. Making something great isn’t about the hours that you put into it. You can’t out-work everyone, so there has to be a different way, a better way of working.

These points get at the key question I’m trying to answer with this experiment. What can one person accomplish in an hour or two a day, by showing up consistently and working on the right things? So many questions to explore behind that one, but that’s the big one.