HOW TO GET THINGS DONE AND STAY CONSISTENT WITH YOUR CRAFT
“...daily disciplines, practiced over time will reward you. And when you take shortcuts, they expose you.” - The Slight Edge
You probably read this quote with the expectations of a powerful story attached to it. But I too, queen of quotes and inspirations, had to stop dead in my tracks and let this sink in. Daily disciplines, practiced overtime, will irrevocably tweak your future for the better. Alternatively, the results of cheating your way to the top, will most likely mirror your microwave method.
I am not a consistent person.
Hardworking with a toxic trait of perfectionism? Undoubtedly.
But if that consistency isn't wrap with a gorgeous perfect ending, I am already pulling out my return receipt, ready to swap out my path with a faithful outcome.
Am I working on being consistent? Yes, but GWOL, (girl) I am not there yet!
Consistency always comes to me with a high, feeding my confidence and fueling my level of productivity. But just like a drug, —please don’t do drugs and tell your momma I said it's cool— that high eventually wears off, crashing me into what we all know to as creative block.
I struggle with doing the work when the high wears off. Which then leads me beating myself up for being “inadequate” and not feeling like doing it.
Does this cycle sound familiar to you too?
I see you nodding.
Welcome to the elite class of “wanting to do more but feeling lost” — I am about to give you an insight on how to get things done and stay consistent with your craft.
PRACTICE CONSISTENCY WITHOUT RECOGNITION
There is a difference between brainstorming ideas with like-minded people, and simply sharing accolades for a pat on the back. I’ve done the latter quite often, but what happens when you share these accomplishments with those who can’t relate? Where do you go when you’ve become dependent on this system and your cheerleaders aren’t available?
For a very long time, my determination was based on how loud my cheerleaders were.
My tribe is unimaginably important to me, —we should all have one— but so should my pride when no one is checking for me.
Do not allow algorithms, standing ovations and the loudest crowd to make your feel successful.
Believe that you are, with hard-work (and of course other important factors) the rest will fall into place.
Your time will come. Put your 10,000 hours of craft in.
FINISH WHAT YOU START
I have the most frustrating, creatively-scattered mind!
I am filled with numerous ideas jotted down in various journals, laced with the determination of accomplishing them all…within the same deadline.
My friend, multi-tasking is not always the key.
I can’t stress enough how important single-tasking is when it comes to reaching project deadlines. In my experience, fully focusing on a project from start to finish has given me the highest level of productivity and efficiency.
Your mind shouldn’t be a storage, so write things down and make sure you tackle them one at a time.
HAVE A SOLID ROUTINE
Routines seem very restricting and lackluster, but they’re meant to bring structure into your life.
For someone who can be all over the place with ideas, a routine forces me to focus, complete tasks — all while having cushion for family and fun.
Routines are meant to be adjusted over time, but having a foundation to start with is so imperative when it comes to getting things done.
I know all the night owls are about to be triggered, but I urge you to wake up nearly two hours before your scheduled alarm.
It’ll be hard in the beginning, and you won’t always succeed but keep going!
So where do you go from here?
Have a story.
Have a why.
Start somewhere because there’s an invisible chain reaction that automatically fuels you to reach your wildest dreams.
Then be consistent.
Especially when you don’t feel like it.