Merlin Mann mentioned this in one his podcasts and since then it’s been a helpful reminder that I’ve adopted as well. So in my office (@ home currently), I have this reminder posted to the wall. My wife asked me the other day what it meant because she was bothered by it.
The idea is to gently remind yourself to get your focus back. I can easily let my mind wander at the slightest distraction. So this tip is very useful for me when my focus needs to be readjusted:
Next time you start to beat yourself up for all the things that aren’t working out or all the ways you’re falling short in your own eyes, try thinking about that puppy and what might be the best way to guide it back to the paper.
Anne Lamott also has the concept of the “shitty first draft” (sfd). This a great starting point for just about any project or post. Start by dumping some thoughts/ideas on paper or index card. Then move on to the second draft, third, etc. It’s a way to get you to do some kind of action on whatever needs to get done. And action is really what it’s about.
G.I. Joe always said that knowing is half the battle. As a kid it made me wonder, “Wtf is the other half?”
It’s the doing.