It’s about 9:30 PM here on a Sunday night. Normally I force myself to turn off around 9 PM when the house goes to sleep, regardless of whatever I am working on.
However, tonight I am going with momentum instead of fighting it.
I am very project-oriented. If I lay my hands on a project that piques my interest, I won’t see food or the bathroom again until it’s finished.
A friend recently remarked on the strange phenomena that occurs when one sets out on an exciting task only to have all of the positive energy completely drain out of you, resulting in little project piles (or idea post-its in my case) here and there that never get picked back up.
This tendency to shelf interesting ideas, hobbies, and projects for “tomorrow” seems fairly universal for many of us, hence the saying: Strike while the iron is hot.
When you have excitement or energy to do something that will move you forward, you simply have to go with it.
We tend to benefit most from velocity when the spark first lights or when a deadline is approaching. The beginning and the end.
Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try to set deadlines for myself, they’re always more like living lines than deadlines. They keep moving and evading my focus.
If I want to achieve a major personal goal where there is no boss or client to set an end date, I have to be okay with dumping gasoline on that first spark, letting it burn out when it’s ready, even if I disrupt the sleeping or miss some emails.
The iron is rarely hot and ready from 9 AM to 5 PM.