“The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits.” – Steven Pressfield
I’m going to lose money if I’m wrong.
My goal is to have a hyper productive next 30 days.
To accomplish this, I set four things I have to do every single day for the next 30 days as part of a daily practice. They mostly revolve around ideas, writing, and creating. If I stick to the plan, I’ll have a hyper productive 30 days with a blog post at the end chronicling how things went. I’ll be tracking the time I spend toward the daily practice with TimeDoctor, so it should be easy to quantify the total input/output at the end. If I break the chain at any point in the next 30 days, I’ll owe Sachit Gupta $100 + $5 for every day I miss.
Why do this?
To take the Steven Pressfield quote further, greatness is largely small actions done on a consistent basis. It’s almost never a matter of being capable of doing something, the issue is making it a priority and thinking about the work like a professional would. At one job I worked, I wrote a 100-250 word social media tip that was emailed out to clients once a day. I did this for 262 consecutive days. I never ran out of things to write about, but the company ran out of money so the chain eventually broke. I was able to write something every day because I had to write something every day. I made it a priority. I’m making four things a priority and I’m betting I’ll be happy I did by the end of the 30th day.
Today is Day 1.