Make something so small it’s impossible to “not” do. That’s how I see 200 words. It’s an opportunity to make noticeable progress over time without actually realising it.
I’m a big believer of forming life long habits, but I’m also a sucker for giving up when things get tough, or boring, or just plain hard. Take “idea generation” and “indie hacking” for example. I know I would love to do something on my own, but when things get hard I immediately get overwhelmed and shut down my ideas in a snap.
There needs to be a better way to incrementally make progress. I think 200 words will be a good way to break down barriers not just in writing habits but forming other areas of life too. I want to take the same approach to make things simple, small and achievable when developing side-projects. The key is not to bite off more than one can chew, and simply ship ideas on a micro scale. Nobody gets it right the first time, and it’s likely better to ship a hundred micro ideas and learn from each than hide away building one mega project for a year and then try shipping.
So, I really think 200 words is a great opportunity to build some positive habits not only in writing everyday, but in any pursuit you are passionate about. What do you think? Can these principles apply to other areas, and if so, what are they for you?