Merlin Mann: Ignore Anything That Makes You Consider Stopping
Recorded on September 13th, 2016
In my thicket of text files, I copied this tweet from Merlin Mann EIGHT YEARS AGO, and it’s still good advice:
Creative work, summarized: In the time you set aside each day to work your ass off, ignore anything that makes you consider stopping.— Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies) July 26, 2008
I am usually awful at this, but in the rare cases when I’m good at it, I manage to keep going for an additional minute at a time, keeping my self-generated attention thieves at bay. I have to remind myself:
- If you want stop to check CNN, don’t.
- If you want to check your email inbox, don’t.
- If you want to check Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, don’t.
- Just keep working until you’ve put in a good chunk of time and made progress on something.
This is less a “how to be productive” post than it is a reminder to myself for when I forget all of the above.