All Hard Work


It can be easy to get caught up in daydreams. To be stuck in ideation.

Proverbs 14:23 describes it well.

All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.

An antidote is to put into practice small, daily efforts. Gretchen Rubin describes it well in her chapter of Manage Your Day-to-Day:


  1. Makes starting easier
  2. Keeps ideas fresh
  3. Keeps the pressure off
  4. Sparks creativity
  5. Nurtures frequency
  6. Fosters productivity
  7. Is a realistic approach

So much of the benefit is mental:

Nothing is more satisfying than seeing yourself move steadily toward a big goal. Step by step, you make your way forward. That’s why practices such as daily writing exercises or keeping a daily blog can be so helpful. You see yourself do the work, which shows you that you can do the work. Progress is reassuring and inspiring; panic and then despair set in when you find yourself getting nothing done day after day.

So the question is then, what’s my daily practice going to be? And, how can I structure every project so that I’m at least making small, daily progress?

Do you have a tip, hack or story about daily practices? I’d love to hear! Let me know on twitter or email.


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