Forming a new habit, with a delayed gratification loop, is hard.
Getting rid of an old habit, with an instant gratification loop, is harder.
To reinforce what I wrote in planning for April, I am trying to form some new habits - where gratification isn't as instant.
- Write as often as possible (Jeff Atwood has useful thoughts about this that have been around for more than a decade).
- Work on projects continuously and contiguously.
- Read aggressively and with intention.
- Solve painful problems, not necessarily complex ones.
In general for the coming weeks, I am going to try to make my writing:
- Longer form
- Well researched
I haven't yet figured out how to unlearn some of my older, "bad" habits, but perhaps the new habits will subsume and reshape them.
- Starting projects because they're interesting, not finishing them because the itch has been scratched.
- Reading about other indiehackers' success stories and living vicariously through them.
- Trying to solve too many problems at once.
- Undervaluing the impact of a solution because it doesn't solve a "complex" problem.
This serves as my daily writing contribution for today - it is now 23:46PM on Thursday the 14th of April 2022, and I am about to have 10 uninterrupted days of focus time for personal projects, reading and thinking. Here goes nothing!