Is It Just Me?
I have often written pieces of content in the past that resemble this pattern:
- I want to do this thing.
- I will be the best at this thing.
- Watch me do this thing.
- I want to do this other thing.
I do this partially to get my thoughts out of my head, but it ends up in the wrong place. This is the type of stuff that should be in a journal. Not on a blog.
So, what’s the alternative? How can I avoid the trap of saying I’ll do something, and then doing another thing?
Well, I can start by just doing the thing in the first place. Then I can write about it.
I’ve actually found this to be beneficial to me in a lot of ways. Not only do I do the thing, but for some reason when I don’t talk about it I usually end up doing it.
When I started the Closet Assistant, I didn’t tell anyone. I just got to work. When I started running again for a few weeks, I just started doing it. I didn’t tell anyone. When I started getting up early, I just started doing it.
It seems like only when I acknowledge that I am doing a thing is when I stop doing it. Maybe because I ruin the fun of keeping my secret powers secret? I’m not 100% sure.
Here’s a meta thought - will I actually change my ways if I am writing about changing my ways? 🤯
Do, then write. Not write, then do. This will force me to document while I do, which is also a benefit.
This rule applies to my Twitter as well. I won’t tweet before I do something, it’s only after I have done the thing that I will tweet about it.
The solution to almost anything is action. Doing. Not writing, thinking and pondering. Iteration is king.
So, what will I write about next? I’m not 100% sure. I’ve been touting this whole serverless thing, but I have yet to act on it. Once I act on something, I will write about it.