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."

2 comments:

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.