If there’s a silver lining in this difficult season, it’s probably the gift of a slower pace of life. Yes, the isolation has affected some negatively and others have completely lost their incomes. But for others, being forced to slow down might be a good thing.

Work from home might be a new norm at least for the foreseeable future. So maybe we need to rethink how we view accountability when it comes to our work.

The thing is, facetime is a really convenient metric to ‘know’ whether someone is working or not. But it’s not exactly an accurate metric.

May 1, 2020

Incremental progress

Incremental progress is about making small progress constantly over time. If you can, making it a daily affair is even better.

Instead of aiming for the big wins, aim for small wins instead. Big wins might get you in the spotlight, but it’s probably going to happen way less frequently than small wins.

And if you keep achieving small wins, they might eventually add up to a big win. The difference is, you will keep seeing progress along the way. And that is more likely to keep you and your team motivated to keep going.

There are two ways of choosing the work that you do.

  1. To always stick to things that you are great at. Things that you already know how to do well. Or,
  2. To choose things that are challenging. Things that you may not have the necessary knowledge or skill for.

The second option might be challenging, but you can always figure it out as you go along.

The lure of the conventional path is tempting. Especially when you know you are in a position to benefit from the system.

But you know that you will regret if you give up now and go back to the conventional path.

If you don’t lose hope, you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

April 21, 2020

Little by little

Little by little. That’s the only way to make progress.

When we have big dreams and huge goals, the impossibility of achieving them will demoralise us early. Then we get stuck because we don’t see any progress. We feel like any actions we take doesn’t seem to produce any results.

So we feel like giving up.

There are real needs. And then there are perceived needs. But often we confuse our perceived needs with our real needs, thinking that whatever we think we need, we truly need them.

Now that governments are stepping out to help people through this difficult time, people with needs become even more visible. Yet governments deal with entire nations, so they can’t tell exactly which needs are real and which are perceived.

But we can as individuals.

I wish I can tell you that doing creative work is easy. But it’s not. Beginning with the end in mind doesn’t always work.

Having a strict outline or plan for the project may not work for everyone. It doesn’t for me. I prefer to organise as I work through the project.

Beginning with the end in mind might not work for a creative project. But you can follow a 7 stage creative process even if it’s inherently nonlinear.

This coronavirus crisis will end. Just like any other crisis. And when we get to the other side, will you be prepared?

What can you do now to position yourself to emerge stronger on the other side?

Perhaps it’s time to end your dependence on extrinsic motivation and start developing your inner motivation.

Stephen Covey suggests that we should begin with the end in mind. That means instead of working hard for the sake of working hard, we need to develop a vision of the person we want to be at the end of our lives.

Although beginning with the end in mind could help you formulate a vision for your life to prevent you from pursuing the wrong things in life, it’s not always helpful.

Especially when trying to apply this concept to your projects.