Everyone struggles with productivity, myself included. In fact, I’m struggling with productivity right now.
It’s hard to stay productive on a task if you can’t see the immediate benefit from doing it, like writing this article for instance, is the task you do when you’re goal is to play the infinite game, which requires me to build my personal brand.
The reason I’m attempting to write 1 article per day is because I wish to follow in Seth Godin’s footsteps to train myself to never have “Writer’s Block”.
The concept of proficient (Quality) vs prolific (Quantity) has been covered a ton in the recent few Chris Do’s podcast.
Bands like Muse and The Beatles comes up with a few really big smash hits, the Quality Songs, but how many percent of their songs are actually quality, possibly only 1%.
Like my favorite band when I was younger was Muse, and I only know about 5 out of their 66 songs by heart.
Hysteria, Uprising, Time is Running Out, Supermassive Black Hole, Resistance.
And those 5 songs are probably their top 5 songs as I’m not the hipster kind who likes to listen to unknown songs.
Statistically it seems, more often than not, quality can only be found when quantity is created. In the case of The Beatles who launch a new song every 14 days, perhaps their goal for every new track is to pour their hearts into it and attempt to improve their composition skills by 1% after every track.
The hard part I guess is pouring your heart (giving your 100%) into everything you do, when you’re unsure what the outcome will be.
Humans usually start to pour less and less after every setback and rejection to protect their ego.
“If I don’t give my best, when I get rejected or if it doesn’t work out, it won’t hurt as much.” is probably the inner dialogue for most people.
Imagine pouring your heart and soul out to someone you fancy, and getting rejected.
The next person who comes along, you probably won’t give your 100% anymore.
Mental fortitude against setback is what probably gets you to give your all 100% of the time, even when the outcome is not certain. A trait I believe many successful people possess.
How then, do you train your mind to withstand difficulties?
One simple exercise that I was testing out (I should start doing it again) is something Grant Cardone does, which is to write down your goals twice, every single day.
Once right after you wake up, and once right after you go to bed.
I’ll use this article as a commitment to myself to test this theory out for 30 days.
After 30 days, that means 26th October 2022, I’ll write another article on how I perceive my life has improved by doing this exercise daily.
Action steps I need to do to get this done:
I need to buy a mini notebook + pen and put it beside my bed so I may write my goals daily with as little inertia as possible.