Remember the story of the Tortoise and the Hare? The hare may be really fast but it is the tortoise who finished the race.
Gretchen Rubin wrote “As a writer, I work every single day, including weekends, holidays, and vacations. Usually I write for many hours during a day, though sometimes it might be a sting as short as fifteen minutes–and I never skip a day. I’ve found that this kind of frequent work makes it possible to accomplish more, with greater originality…”
It is awesome to think about the finished product: a good, strong body, a book, a painting, a song composition, or even a great program or event.
It takes a lot of work–hard work–to get something done. As Ms. Rubin says, though, it is the frequency of work that can get things done. Frequency breeds consistency, familiarity, and practice. The more you do one thing, the more you understand what works and what does not.
Most worthy projects need weeks or months to prepare. If we do not put in the work one day at a time, one task at a time, the deadlines will creep slowly but surely and we will be surprised at how many more things we need to prepare.
We can certainly cram and do so many things in a 24-hour period or even a week. And it may work for some people. But consistently doing the work will give us time to review our work, make improvements, and increase the quality of our work.
Ms. Rubin closed his chapter in the book “Manage Your Day-to-Day” by writing “What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.”
That is the secret of productivity.