When I’m sick, it’s like I’m at half speed. No energy. No drive to create anything creative, no coherent thinking, and no certainly motivation to do anything functional. Thursday afternoon, I noticed a bit of a sore throat. Friday morning, I was already in the thick of it. No room for days off on this project, so I showed up and did my best, even though it was perhaps clear I shouldn’t have been there at all.
Last month, I thought about writing on a daily basis. That’s mostly worked well. I’d say for every day I carved out even just a half hour to write a quick 500 words to process either an event or a concept of the day exponentially excelled me closer to my goals. There are 100 other things I’d rather do, 25 of which are more important than the rest, and thousands I could do instead. Why write?
I wrote last week about my plans starting my new contract. That all turned out well. Now I’m going to start writing these weekly projections the morning of the first day of my work week, as a way to focus on what I should do throughout the week. So many people go on about “ugh, Mondays.” No. If you hate your Mondays, you need to resolve yourself to change something about it! No one-off yearly resolutions. Make a daily resolution for progression. Here are some of the “resolutions” I want to make today, for this week, to impact this year.
I wasn’t confident my first month of this contract, I was more surefooted by the second month, and now in my final month here, I could say that I have perhaps achieved mastery. I don’t mean to tarnish the work of others by saying that I’ve achieved more than them, or build myself up too much, just that I’ve got a really effective rhythm going that yields results I wasn’t able to achieve even months ago. By dissecting and analyzing that achievement on a daily basis, I can then seek to recognize and recreate it:
I actually hadn’t thought about building that computer rig at all last week. The contract project was taking on water and we were worried it was sinking. That wasn’t fun. We’re back on track now. After two friendly consultations on Sunday about the scope of the project, I realized both why there was an expectation versus reality discrepancy and how to reclaim confidence in the project in the upcoming week:
While this website is primarily about my operations, skillset, and mindset, I want to incorporate the thoughts of others that have or are inspiring me. In a recent email, someone explained efficiency and tenacity in a very practical way.