Giving some slack to myself
I consider myself to have ambitious life goals, and when I don’t make massive progress in a 24h span, I’m rigid with myself. And I shouldn’t!
To achieve those goals, I set weekly and daily goals to help move in the right direction.
But even when I work hard and make progress, I find it hard to have the perspective to see that I’m going in the right direction.
This mentality has been hurting me for the last months.
I have been following through every week on my biggest goal of building up consistency.
It’s been almost 5 months that I released an article every week. For the last 2 and half months, I’ve been taking YouTube more seriously and keeping the schedule of 1 video every 2 weeks.
Also, I’ve been playing with my daily practice of writing every day.
Progress is there. Things are getting more views and momentum.
So, there are zero reasons for feeling like shit in a day that I work for 3 hours on my side projects.
I’m putting a lot of effort into these projects. I’m delivering things on time (sometimes I finish with time to spare). So, I’m doing better than I see it.
So, my new motto is to not be hard on myself. To give breathing room.
If I work hard, I have the right to relax, especially after working hard.
And after resting, something unique happens: resting floods me with ideas. That alone is an excellent motive to rest.
I wrote a continuation piece to this note on January 2022: Things take more time than you imagine.