Our mind tends to focus on a short time span, a couple of days, a week at most. We grossly overestimate how much we can do in a day or couple of days, likewise, we greatly underestimate what we can do in a year. This discrepancy is well-known in psychology. The root of this problem is our tendency to not understand exponential growth. Our brains just don’t work that way.
This is where things get interesting, we want to take advantage of the exponential growth, and to do that we need to stick to the number one rule when it comes to exponential growth: consistency. It does not matter how little we put in each day, the only thing that matters to the exponential growth is consistency, if we can focus daily for 15 minutes a day, it will compound into something great in the next couple of years.
There is this awesome concept from Cal Newport called slow productivity which is basically a way to think about consistency and longer time frames with a modern twist of productivity. The basic idea is this, we should not think about short-term productivity, we should shift our focus to much longer time frames, years even decades. If you prolong the time frame of productivity, it’s clear that we can do amazing things, write books, publish articles, and start new companies. The key is to realize that consistency and a longer time frame are much better for productivity than 12-hour work shifts that can last for a couple of months only.
All the articles written on this blog are just a compound effect of writing for 5 minutes a day, nothing more. And over time articles start to pile up and I get more used to it I can write even more during that 5-minute window