Tip 2: Work Towards Your Focus Every Day

by Annie

in Fall Into Productivity

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This is a post in Pajama Productivity’s first (hopefully) annual “Fall Into Productivity” month. (Clever wordplay, right? The llamas came up with that.) All month long in October 2016, we’ll be publishing lovely autumnal graphics with a fresh productivity tip each and every day. You can catch all the fall fun right here on the PJP blog, on our PJP Facebook page, or on Twitter @pjproductivity¬†– use the #FallIntoProductivity hashtag to find all posts.

Day 2 of #FallIntoProductivity Month is here, and today’s tip is pretty straightforward: Once you’ve identified your passion, your goal, the thing you want to produce – your focus – then work towards it a little bit every day.

See, here’s what I can say with a high degree of confidence: There’s a hierarchy of action, and it is this …

1. Imperfect action now is better than perfect action later/tomorrow/some undetermined point in the future.

…and…

2. A little bit of effort every day is better than a whole lot of effort every once in awhile.

Our effort and attention on creative projects is cumulative, and it also seems to feed on itself to grow exponentially. So yeah, one 20-minute work session every single day is more valuable and more effective than two and a half hours every once in awhile.

So once you’ve identified what you’re producing, schedule time every.single.day to work on it. Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day, if you do it every day, it’ll add up.

Plus you’ll often find yourself spending more than just the allotted 15 minutes – even if you’re prone to resisting creative work, like I am. (HOO BOY, AM I.)

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