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Feb 19, 2019 15:57:38

Consistency for Makers

by @basilesamel PATRON | 258 words | 386🔥 | 434💌

Basile Samel

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Practice makes perfect. You probably heard it a million times, but when people start saying something at every turn it's easy to overlook it. When was the last time you applied this adage proactively? We all have things we want to get better at: doing them consistently is fundamental to ease the learning curve.

Growth is created when you manage to both over-promise and over-deliver. The secret in achieving this feat is to base yourself on temporal frequency. Don't say "I'm going to talk to 50 customers per week". Instead, talk to at least 1 customer per day, or 1 customer per working hour if you feel pumped up. Increasing the frequency of your practice is much more powerful than increasing the delivered quantity of less frequent outputs.

"Why is it?", you may ask. Our bodies follow a circadian rhythm, so practicing your craft on a daily basis takes advantage of this mechanism by alternating periods of intense focused work and rest. A marathoner doesn't prepare for a marathon by jogging: the training is focused on high-intensity exercises. It's the same thing with growth: you have to sit down and put in a high-intensity work regularly so that your results can compound into a huge amount of work.

This statement is only true for creative practice: when it comes to repetitive tasks, it's better to batch them to perform them less regularly and free time.

When you are doing something on a daily basis you are already setting yourself apart from other practitioners who do things less often.

to be continued...

Originally published at makermag.com

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    @basilesamel i love this collection!

    MariaVarela avatar MariaVarela | Feb 22, 2019 11:51:16
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      @Tessievf thanks :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 22, 2019 17:57:35
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    @basilesamel this is off topic. I can't seem to upload a photo for my collections regardless if I am trying to upload it using mobile or desktop browser :/

    Yaki avatar Yaki | Feb 20, 2019 00:29:52
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      @yaki hoooo ok :O I'm looking into it

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 20, 2019 13:10:06
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      @yaki I think I fixed it. Let me know :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 20, 2019 19:17:51
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      Let me check :) thank you.

      Yaki avatar Yaki | Feb 20, 2019 13:52:48
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      @basilesamel hmm. Editing my collections' photos is still not working but adding a new collection works fine. If I delete my existing collections then, will it also delete the articles I added to them? Because it's not working when I try to change my collections' display photos. You can check them out. They're broken images.

      Yaki avatar Yaki | Feb 20, 2019 14:08:38
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    @basilesamel amazing words! I totally agree with this. Great reminder, it's true that it's often overlooked.

    Your words about circadian rhythm, it reminded me that @monolesan wrote about it just recently. It's interesting that you both mentioned it. I honestly never thought it could have any connection with consistency, but it makes sense.

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      @zyumbik I never thought about it until I wrote ""Why is it?", you may ask." ? And then it hit me that it must be the reason why so I just wrote it. I wonder if there is any study concerning that.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 19, 2019 16:50:27
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