Inertia: it’s that principle you remember from high school science, wherein “an object at rest is likely to remain at rest”, and “an object in motion is likely to remain in motion.” And inertia is a bedrock principle not only in physics, but in productivity. Inertia can either be your friend or your enemy, and it’s up to you to decide which one it will be for you.
One resource that all of us on Earth, no matter where we live, have an equal amount of is TIME. Yet it is for this very reason that time is among our most valuable (and easiest-to-understand) resources. It is not a tall order to compare what one person gets out of his or her time to another, and thus to understand better how much production (or how little) you can squeeze out of a day.
Finding ways to produce can be a daunting task. Just as exercise requires that you begin with small amounts of activity to allow your body to work up to more strenuous work, so it is with productivity that it’s a mistake to attempt about forty tasks that first day out. The old aphorism that “discretion is the better part of valor” bears, I think, a close relationship with the other chestnut to not “bite off more than you can chew”. Still, it’s far worse not to try, and getting over the hump of the first day is an important step.
But it’s also incredibly important to KEEP producing. I have found in myself a tendency at times to look back at the “great” work I’ve done, and admire just how much of it there is. That moment of complacency is a mistake because it invariably becomes MORE than a moment, and takes the opportunity to hijack any momentum I might have built up. Once you get going, it’s important to keep going, a lesson that many (myself included) would do well to remember. Inertia is the enemy until you make it your friend…but it’s a powerful friend to have.