Sunday, January 06, 2008

New Tricks

Jonathan is, as always, leading by example, and I'm having a hard time keeping up with him. Here are two recent "stupid motivational tricks". (They are "stupid" only in the sense that even an idiot can follow them):

Do small things quickly, but only after you have worked on your main project.

"String along as many days as possible in which you work on a major project or projects for some substantial number of hours, preferably at least two hours."


Jonathan said...

Yes! They are "stupid" in the sense that they are simple principles. Intelligent work habits are within anyone's reach; applying them takes no special skill or expertise.

Thomas Basbøll said...

But it does take discipline. For many, myself included, that is the real difficulty. T. S. Eliot talked about a necessary quantity of laziness and receptivity (for poets). I used to find that comforting.