Bring the target closer

Someone emailed me the other day saying they were having trouble completing the projects they started.

'I have 17 unfinished projects, how do I keep going to the end with them?'

The truth is, I'm the same. I have a list of unfinished projects. A book, a couple of apps, an AI curriculum.

So when I thought about how I should respond, the advice was to myself as much as it was the person on the other end.

If you keep missing your goals, bring the target closer.

Make your goals smaller. Have the big picture in your mind but break it down into sizeable steps.

If you want to write a book, write 500 words per day.

If you want to improve your data science skills, practice 1-4 hours per day.

If you want to build an app, strive to write one line of good code per day.

Some days you’ll do more. But aim for a at least a little each day.

Get a feeling for what it's like to complete something. Something small.

Then as you keep achieving smaller goals, you'll start moving toward your bigger goal.

Lay one perfect brick per day and eventually you'll have a beautiful wall.

 Damn, I wouldn’t mind a wall like that. Let's see if I can follow my own advice.

Damn, I wouldn’t mind a wall like that. Let's see if I can follow my own advice.