At 4 am, three days back, someone in my dream said,
“Big chief you stay big if you don’t make and only if you intake.”
Strange reason, but I had forgotten about that voice in my head. It was the shape of a friend but I can’t recall who it was. I can’t even remember why it never struck me as important or insightful.
I chanced up on Austin Kleon’s post, something small every day. Great post with tons of insights.
Decidedly, I was guilty of ignoring my wife’s requests for writing a blog post. I also hadn’t realized how much my writing muscles had atrophied. Communication, like cooking, is one of life’s skills that you must need to learn and spend all of your life learning. Editing is incredibly hard as well. Both require constant revisiting.
I like how Austin puts it,
“The day is the only unit of time that I can really get my head around. Seasons change, weeks are completely human-made, but the day has a rhythm. The sun goes up; the sun goes down. I can handle that.”
I haven’t stopped reading but I decided that whatever I read, I would post. So maybe not reduce the intake but increase the make. The easiest way to make is to write something daily. Like Neo in the Matrix I have been fed to the system, it’s time to produce something outside of it.
It’s incredibly hard to do. You might have some goal like mine is getting to the top of the rankings for the word Karthick. Or just having enough muscle memory to write memorable stuff. Goals are great to be inspired by but it’s consistency to commitment that really yields results. This is what Jerry Seinfield says as well,
“The comedian Jerry Seinfeld has a calendar method that helps him stick to his daily joke writing. He suggests that you get a wall calendar that shows you the whole year. Then, you break your work into daily chunks. Each day, when you’re finished with your work, make a big fat X in the day’s box. Every day, instead of just getting work done, your goal is to just fill a box. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”
Every day I’d like to get better. I’ll push my self harder to get better. It is a task to do that daily and I might slip. But even if it be just one paragraph , I’ll try to make atleast as much as I intake and hopefully change the equation on that. If you’re looking to do that as well, remember it’s easy to measure in terms of days. When the sun goes up have something to read and digest about. When the day is finished have something to write about. In between if spurts come, embrace them and write about it.
Begin today with me. Something small, every day.