I’ve made a bet. I am going to complete my book – the big comprehensive book that’s going to bring the concept of the multipotentialite to bookstores (and people) everywhere – by July, 2014.
If I finish the book, my good friend Rami is giving me $100. But if I don’t finish the book by July, 2014, I owe him $1,000. (Yes, 10:1 odds. Not in my favour.)
I’m making this public because I want you to hold me accountable. Over the next twelve months, and especially in the new year, please email me, tweet at me, ask me how the book is coming, tell me how badly you need to read it, whatever it takes. I need you.
This book is a massive undertaking. For the last year, I’ve been procrastinating, toying with it, writing on and off. It is time to take this project seriously and commit to it.
Long term goals like these need to be broken down into smaller parts. We need to be careful though. We can so easily obsess over the plan, mapping out every step in detail and not see that we’re using planning as an avoidance technique. Having too many rules for ourselves can also make it more likely that we’ll become overwhelmed and end up doing nothing.
I’m keeping it simple. For now, the only plan is to wake up 15 minutes early every single day and write. Daily action is what counts. If you do 1% every day, after 100 days, you’ll have a complete work.
The reason it’s working is that 15 minutes is laughably easy. It’s enough time to get into the flow, but not so much time that it burns up creative energy that you might need later. Plus, because you are thinking about your project a little each day, your ideas get to marinate in your subconscious even when you aren’t writing.
Accountability & Support
Okay, I suppose there’s a bit more to my plan than a daily practice. I’m also setting myself up to win by creating a new huddle group in the Puttytribe for anyone who happens to be writing a book. We’re going to meet every other week to discuss how things are going for each of us, work through any sticking points, and brainstorm together.
If you are working on a similar long term project and don’t have access to a group, you can just work with one support/accountability buddy. You don’t get the same variety of opinions and ideas as you do in a group, but it’s still incredibly helpful for staying on track.
What important long term projects are you working on right now? How are you making sure that you stay on track?