One of the most important tools in overcoming inefficient production is the need to be honest with our present selves. Stasis is comfortable. It’s okay to admit that. And often, the things we want to substitute stasis for, lack the inherent goodies to compel immediate action.
Cake doesn't taste better than broccoli because you lack motivation, and no amount of zen will make your bed less inviting. You don't still hate your job because you lack motivation. Sometimes the things you need to do just suck, and the only way to overcome them is with discipline and training. Nobody said the carrot at the end of the stick was tasty. If you sit and wait for the right cocktail of random hormones to do something, that moment may never come.
I do believe we can find moments of joy in mundane and unpleasant tasks by focusing on gratitude and using time for multiple ends, but I will discuss that in next week’s issue.
Focus on cultivating a self-perpetuating discipline. By building discipline you will continue to get things done even when you don't feel like it.
I recognise it’s not always as simple as saying “pick up your mat and walk”, so let’s break down the function of getting things done.