Daily practice and trusting yourself

How showing up without expectation can help you move forward.

Jan 23, 2021 • • 🍿 1 min. read in writingproductivity

I try and plan my week through a big todo list, and highlight the things (usually 2 or 3) for a day that means I will consider my day a ‘success’, whatever that may be.

I’m a big believer in Warren Buffet’s 2 List Strategy for prioritisation, however this is very goal-focused, and doesn’t always apply.

As as a generalist, I’m easily distracted, so it’s great to have high level goals to lead me, but sometimes tasks have no obvious outcomes, and are exploratory in nature, or open ended. Like trying out some new software, or research an idea that’s new to you.

Much like building a writing streak on my blog, I don’t know what the end goal is, but am enjoying the practice of thinking daily.

I think that’s OK - sometimes you should just dedicate regular time to showing up and trying something out without expectations.

I've really enjoyed reading The Practice by Seth Godin, a series of interconnected short thoughts and meditations on the art of practice.

Build Streaks. Do the work every single day. Blog daily. Write daily. Ship daily. Show up daily. Find your streak and maintain it.

Trust yourself doesn’t require delusional self-confidence. Trusting yourself has little to do with the outcome. Instead we learn to trust the process. This is at the heart of our practice. The practice is its own reward.
Seth Godin - The Practice

You don’t always need answers when you start. Over time you will develop and hone your thoughts and interests, and see what others warm to.

Show up daily. Do the thing. Just start.

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