Last night, as I was just about to turn off the “devices,” I stumbled upon this post, by Adam McLane. My plan was to start winding things down for bed, but instead I felt so energized to write. Adam’s post really spoke to me. It felt as if this was crafted just for me and my chaotic and at times, scattered mind.

What really appealed to me most about this post, is that Adam has a lifestyle like I do– he has only a few hours each morning to write and without fail, must ship his blog posts no later than 8am to be BISAW. (butt in seat at work) He practices a morning habit each day that entails  start his post at 7:00 am, and pressing publish by 8:00 am. That means he must write, edit, create artwork, and promote the post on his social networks all in one hour!

I love the idea of racing the clock, because it creates a sense of urgency and momentum. The fact that something worthwhile is finished in one hour is satisfying, but the reason I don’t ship in this way each morning, it because it’s not perfect. It’s 4:52 am, and I wonder, it possible to push publish by 5am even if it’s not perfect.

The Thrill of the Chase

Embracing the idea of imperfection is liberating, and the exercise of writing and publishing a blog post each morning is the practice of this. The idea of pushing that publish button in one hour no matter what is scary and exciting at the same time. It’s like opening a vein for all to see. Did I say something silly, is there a typo in this post? Maybe, but it’s a practice on #whydoicaresomuch.

As I write this, I’m reminded me one of my “insanaknitting” sessions when I suddenly decide that I should make a knitted gift for a named recipient within 24 hours. It’s crazy, but of course that’s what makes it a challenge. There’s this part of me that wants to see just how fast I can actually knit a cowl with my super-human knitting powers.  wonder what it is about the thrill of the chase that makes it so exciting.

Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS)

A few months ago I started something called The Morning Cool Down podcast, which I’m totally loving by the way! However, I’ve got a disorder that you may be familiar with, it’s called Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS). I’ve got 1 of 3 ebooks in the works, and I want to post to my blog, write the ebook and upload the podcast all in one morning. I seem to fall short every day because I someone believe I can do it all, and I’m convinced I still can.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to plan each morning with ONE main objective each morning, but there’s a huge blockage, because I just can’t be satisfied with this approach. There’s a really big wall that I just can’t accept or get past. I get up each morning thinking that time is somehow finite and I have all the time I need if I just use one Pomodoro at a time.

I like to believe in the concept of the 15 minute mentality of just doing one thing for 15 minutes, then moving on, but I’m also a Brian Tracy advocate, who has always preached the “single handle” approach which means do ONE thing until completion. Then of course even more reinforcements come from John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire who’s acronym is:

 and look at the wild success he’s made for himself.

 If you only had two hours a day to do the work you enjoy most, what would you do?