Routines Support Goals. Applying Ship 30 Routines to Other Areas.
Routines support goals. That is a statement that is both simple and profound. It is simple because it is true. And it is profound because so many people forget it. We live in a world where everyone is looking for the magic bullet, the one thing that will make them successful without any effort on their part. But there is no such thing. Success requires work.
The Ship 30 program of daily publishing for a month can help you accomplish other ambitious goals. Publishing daily is hard. And succeeding says more about your ability to establish productive routines. This can certainly be applied to other things in life.
Over the next 30 days, I’m going to apply the Ship 30 philosophy to these areas. But first, let’s define the philosophy: short and concise; accountable to someone other than myself; and completed daily.
I’m usually all or none when it comes to exercise. If I can’t get a 2 hour workout in, I usually don’t bother. Applying the philosophy, I am going to be happy with a 30 minute workout every day. Can’t be that bad.
I’m usually not as engaged with others’ essays as much as I’d like. Writing my own takes up too much of my time. I’ll be engaging with at least 3 other essays on a deeper basis. More than the usual “great essay.”
Reading a Difficult Text:
Takes me a while to get warmed up to a difficult book. And by that time, I’ve already lost interest. I’ll give the Pomodoro another go with these. I just need to remind myself to turn off notifications during this time. I’d be accountable to my reading group for this one.
Routines are more important than the goals they support.
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