Big but never or small but now? Lower the bar. Reduce expectations. Make yourself impossible to fail. Do it small.

Do it small to do it better

Writing every day for 365 days, I’ve learned the importance of starting small.

I’ve learned to appreciate creating tiny, well-crafted pieces, one at a time.

I’ve always been an “all-in” person. Start now, do it all, and do it well. This, usually, brought me to be rather brilliant, almost always, with usually good outcomes.

Is that “rather-almost-usually” that is limiting my pursuit of excellence.

What I discovered is that an excellent result is something that needs time. Only by carefully refining a piece of writing, for instance, you can reach a smooth and sound article.

I failed, more than once, in my “one good shot” approach to life and to creativity. It hurt, it burned, it made me stuck.

With this Ship 30 Essays in 30 Days Challenge, I feel completely different: one topic, one page, in one day. I feel so focused and so well directed towards the goal that I cannot think how I could miss it.

That’s how I am gaining clarity, in my thoughts and in my writing.

And that’s the way to grow an interconnected network of thoughts. A longer discourse touching several topics. Yes, but one by one.

Big but never or small but now?

Lower the bar. Reduce expectations. Make yourself impossible to fail. Do it small.

Make a small but solid brick at a time. Do it today and do it tomorrow and you will build a beautiful palace.
Make a small but solid brick at a time. Do it today and do it tomorrow and you will build a beautiful palace.

This is Essay 25 of 30 in the my challenge One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days

  1. The Journey is the Purpose (16 Nov 2020)
  2. Writing is Thinking (17 Nov 2020)
  3. Write a Lot to Write Well (18 Nov 2020)
  4. Creative Loneliness (19 Nov 2020)
  5. Be Less Ambitious, Be More Consistent (20 Nov 2020)
  6. Writing builds your networks (21 Nov 2020)
  7. Connect ideas now (22 Nov 2020)
  8. Writing improves your memory (23 Nov 2020)
  9. Writing makes you a better observer (24 Nov 2020)
  10. Writing sets the focus on yourself (25 Nov 2020)
  11. Dissolve your distractions (26 Nov 2020)
  12. Writing reduces your jargon and slang (27 Nov 2020)
  13. Walking generates ideas (28 Nov 2020)
  14. Writing is like drinking coffee (29 Nov 2020)
  15. Creativity makes you happy (30 Nov 2020)
  16. Be smart, let it go (1 Dec 2020)
  17. Writing is a process (2 Dec 2020)
  18. Automate repetitive tasks (3 Dec 2020)
  19. Publish text as digital text, not images (4 Dec 2020)
  20. Why asking questions? (5 Dec 2020)
  21. Facilitate growth by tracking habits (6 Dec 2020)
  22. Type more, type faster, type better (7 Dec 2020)
  23. Transcribe your thoughts to become an effective communicator (8 Dec 2020)
  24. Write daily to become a better manager (9 Dec 2020)
  25. Do it small to do it better (10 Dec 2020)
  26. Don’t lose your mind. Back it up (11 Dec 2020)
  27. Write daily to enhance your reality (12 Dec 2020)
  28. If only I could be ten, again (13 Dec 2020)
  29. Writing compounds despite everything (14 Dec 2020)
  30. The habit of building habits (15 Dec 2020)

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Senior Experience Designer. 25 years designing, developing, writing, speaking, facilitating and teaching.

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