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Apr 07, 2019 10:45:46

Applying the 200words approach to other areas in life

by @jacklyons PATRON | 243 words | 65🔥 | 67💌

Jack Lyons

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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?

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    @jacklyons Yes Yes Yes, I so do believe in all that!
    and I can see you already have a comment from Basile - his posts referring to exactly that are really worth reading, so if you havent done that yet, I really recommend, starting with this
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/a-200-words-a-day-s-manifesto-142695cab07c246d3c
    and
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/200wad-tips-why-keeping-your-streak-alive-111125c7adc772c0f5
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/200wad-tips-how-to-keep-your-streak-alive-113575c7e6ed3dcade
    there is quite a serious Fraction of the Streak, maybe you find it inspiring, or just funny (its definitely both)
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/teamstreak-142075caa037302bfc
    generally dropping "streak", "consistency" or actually "breaking a streak" in the search will bring interesting results
    Anyways, this is the place to do everything you write about, and... more
    (share, exchange, motivate, get motivated...)
    Cheers!

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 08, 2019 17:15:09
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    @jacklyons Hi Jack, and welcome to the 200WaD community!

    I definitely think the idea of "tiny habits" or "stupid small habits" translate very well in all aspects of life. I'm currently overweight and experience a lot of resistance going down to do a push-up (I've not done in a while, so I actually don't know if I can complete one).

    But wall push-ups? Those are fun! And they get me to feel more excited about being active and moving more.

    Small habits can be the gateway to more confidence and bigger accomplishments! :D

    Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 07, 2019 20:30:47
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    @jacklyons Yes, I think it works as well! :) I try shipping at least two things per day for example - feature, bug fix, etc. -, no matter what.
    Welcome to 200WaD btw!

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 07, 2019 18:57:34
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      @basilesamel Thanks! Yeah, I think I could use this as a way to keep me on track. If I can do 200 words a day, then I can surely do 20 minutes of code a day :)

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Apr 07, 2019 11:21:53
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