Do you pace yourself?
March 11, 2019

I started a couple of new projects recently. Both are mission critical, one from a professional standpoint and the other personal. But this time, after years of watching myself work, I approached them from the standpoint of Reasonable Me versus Wildly Optimistic to the Point of Delusion Me.

Instead of biting off anything too ambitious, I decided on a pace that -- since I can stick to it -- will mean steady progress toward those meaningful goals. Not only that, but I’m allowing for days that go completely to hell (you have those, right?) and have built in margins for makeup.

That was a really, really good move. There’s something so satisfying about hitting the pillow having met the minimum requirement for a successful day. But I’m not hitting that pillow so exhausted I wonder how I’ll be able to pull it off again the next day, or the day after that.

Never would’ve guessed you could get further by going easier on yourself.

I love surprises!