Unpressured rest yields better results than hustling.
Throughout this project, I’ve tried my best to publish every single day. A lot of days, I’m not hitting "publish" until 11 p.m. when I’m using all of my exhausted energy to focus my eyes on my iPhone screen trying to type something (any thing). Some days I focus on longer pieces that require more days to edit and polish, so even though I’ve worked on writing that day, I still need something short to publish. Reading and consuming good input has become part of this project too, which takes time away from writing and leaves me without a post too. Lately, I’ve put in too much time into consuming and not enough time writing. This week I missed publishing three days in a row – my personal worst. In the past, my inner perfectionist would’ve considered missing a day a huge fail. I would’ve felt panicky to get anything together to publish even if it compromised my standard for “good enough” work. I’m proud that when I missed publishing three days this week, it didn’t bother me enough to consider it a failure. Instead, I’m just picking myself back up today and doing the work. Resting for a few days allowed me to write some notes for myself and refine some thoughts I've wanted to write. That wouldn't have happened if I was pushing myself to be perfect by publishing every day.
The beauty of this work is that I created it for myself. I can change it as I go and I can be as imperfect as I'd like. I keep remembering this quote by CJ Chilvers-
"Few people are really “following” your work. Even fewer care.
What are you doing with that freedom?" - CJ Chilvers, The Advantage of Invisibility