Habits are hard.
I am a creative that tries to find the best things in life. This blog is a journal of my day to day journey and some of the interesting things I find. I hope we can connect and build together.
Habits are hard.
The term “killing your darlings” is something that takes some time to understand as a creative. It leaves you with a smaller room for error.
But! It opens you up for a new challenge, and generally, your mind is good enough to make good on the things we present it if we trust it.
We always can increase those percentages by doing the work - the boring things, the mundane, checking the t’s and crossing the i’s. These chances, even in failure lead us to a place where we haven’t been before, usually a better place.
With that said, there is no way to make it 100%. But that’s part of the appeal of being a creative -no?
Waking up early is a gift.
A chance to start to do the long work that will define you before you have to react to the world around you.
Email can wait - same thing with text messages and phone calls. Social media can take a back seat.
That exercise, meditation, or long form creative endeavor will make everything that much clearer.
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Experimentation - whoaaaaaa.
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Why Do We Haunt Ourselves and How Do We Push Forward
It’s late in the day, we are sitting at our desks, paralyzed with fear. It is nearing 3:30 — and you are currently fighting a war with yourself on moving forward with your work — the big picture stuff, the year end goal, the thing that makes your eyes light up when you are in that state of flow.
A ping comes from your left- and an email arrives - it becomes your salvation, because now you have “something to do” — and something that looks very busy, so the people around you know you are working.
While this is happening, you still can’t get rid of that sinking feeling you have, but, if only for a moment, it gets covered in the malaise of busy work.
Resistance has won — for another day.
We all have had days like that — and this week, I have found myself consumed with those thoughts, and it shows in my writing. The hard work is trying to fight that tide, when we are at our weakest, because that is when the Resistance is strongest.
It’s war is engaged on many fronts, and it tactics can range from “just take 5 minutes and read this update” to “OMG HOW CAN WE WORK WITHOUT COFFEE”. However, its best tactics focus on sapping your priorities and making you think about perfection.
Now — put yourself back at that desk. Do you feel it creeping up on you, pushing you away from the big project, towards that email, that text message, that phone call? Now that it has a name to you, do you understand how much it can ruin your long term vision?
Here is the bad news — there is no killing it. It’s as a part of you as your fingers and toes.
The best defense — I have found, is to know it, make peace with it, understand it, and just step over it. It is best done with process and habit. If you know what to do next, if you ingrain it into your day, you know exactly what your next move is.
This Sunday morning, I had a huge fight with it, laying in bed watching myself look at the making of SportCenter. I don’t even watch ESPN. All this is happening in my head as my eyes glaze over in bed, looking at the new Social Media capabilities of the new studio. I couldn’t believe I was “fascinated” by the speed they plan on getting tweets you wrote back out to you.
After the video was over, I took a breath, realized what was happening, and got up for my morning workout — just one of the three things I have to do in the morning. Something as simple as just touching my toes snapped me back into the habit and started my morning correctly.
If I had no habits — I still might be in bed figuring out just how deep ESPN’s integration with Facebook goes.
This works the other way as well — finishing what you start is a daunting process. Who knows how receptive people are going to be when you finish it. That person sitting there sweating at 3:30 is closer to pushing send — closer to shipping, and his fear is keeping him buttoned up.
Perfection is one of the greatest tactics resistance has. If we just get one more feature, if we just find one more bug, if we just do one more test, then maybe the people will shower the product, the PowerPoint, the corporate vision with praise — and if it all goes bad they will have the paperwork for you to CYA.
Your process has to be able to handle putting stuff out there, pick a date. Ship. You always have a chance to make something better, and you will learn something along the way. Perfection be damned.
When I was a kid, I hated normal and learned a lot. When I was a teen I hated normal and learned a lot. Around college — I hated normal, but somewhere along the way as an adult, I started to settle. I want to get back to that.
It boils down to you deciding — each day, each decision — do I want to have an adventure — to see something new, to push myself to go to where no one has been before.
Ask yourself — do I want an Adventure — or do I want normal?
*Originally wrote on Medium - check out more posts here *
*What are some of the questions that are stopping you from running the world? * - Seth Godin
I feel like if you ask that question to yourself every day along with realizing that you have the same 24 hours that everyone else has, your priorities should start to change,right?
Even if its late, it still counts…right?
4Wrote a post on medium last night.
I write them every Sunday, they are used to sum up my thoughts on what I do on this blog everyday.
Next Monday I will try to get up earlier and Plan everything at home early.
I have to figure out how to bridge what I want with what I have.
Here are some solutions
1) Wake up Earlier - I have to add all these things to my life, so I would need to get up earlier to accomodate - maybe around 5:30 to get my minimum plans together for the week. 2) Modularize - Make everything I want to be done in a specific time block - when I wake up, when I go to work, when I come home etc. 3) Remove the unnecessary - Just start cutting until I get to the minimum I want.