Motion

Trying to get things moving is often the most difficult part. Starting a book, starting a business, these things are sometimes not easy. Starting a new romantic relationship might be a bit more fun, but only because evolution gave you some chemicals to smooth that path. Fortunately, what is true in physics is also true in human endeavors. Objects (projects) in motion tend to stay in motion, objects (projects) at rest tend to stay at rest. Unless acted on by an outside force. Starting and progressing depend on you the creator / originator being that outside force.

You have to push. Even on days where you don’t feel like doing it. Especially on days where you don’t feel like doing it. Because inertia can work with you just as easily as it can work against you. Motivation is a good thing, but habits are better. Making progress every day is a more effective solution than making progress when you feel like it. It will happen that you miss a day, maybe two - forgive yourself and start again. The longer you go without doing the work, the harder it will be to get yourself to do the work.

Of course, motion for the sake of motion isn’t a good thing. It’s entirely possible that favoring movement just means you move in the wrong direction. Fortunately (perhaps) for project work, you can just start over. Obviously this is easier said than done, but at least you don’t have to move heavy objects back to where they were after you’ve pushed them to the wrong place. Planning is still important, essential even. Staying in motion is not the same thing as not planning. The level of planning should match the level of impact in a wrong decision. Walking back decisions on that book you’re writing is easier than walking back product decisions or business choices you’ve made.

This piece of writing was done to stay in motion.