I have finished writing e-book, How to design the solar power system by yourself ?, in 10 days. My average working speed was writing 10 pages per day and I did it quite consistently writing on the daily basis. I could even complete this e-book in a single day by writing the whole of the 50 pages in a day but the question was would I be able to sustain this rate in the coming days, I don’t think so. Keeping the massive target and try to accomplish in a day without maintaining your stamina to accomplish the same on the daily basis will neither help you in sustaining the average working speed nor give any increment in it.
(1) You cannot take large step every day but can take tiny steps every day
We generally waste our time in thinking of doing something special, massive, spectacular in one go and we actually end up wasting the whole day. For example, I think of writing the 50 pages e-book in a single day then I need to make the following changes and the arrangements:
(2) My performance when I tried to make sudden extreme & spectacular attempts
These restrictions made my performance to follow the following pattern:
(3) My performance when I followed the incremental approach
I followed the incremental approach where I decided to start small and wrote 3-4 pages per day, taking time in between my busy schedule. The results were great and consistent:
I made the following findings:
(4) The science of the incremental approach
When you make little and consistent efforts your body adapts easily to these changes and gets ready to embrace another set of little efforts. But when you make massive efforts in a single day, your body and the mind finds it difficult to accept and rejects to adapt to this change in the future makes your performance erratic and inconsistent. When you make little and consistent efforts your strength increases makes to stretch more to accept the incremental change.
Try doing the following incremental strategy:
The small incremental growth gives consistency and develops a habit in you. Anyone can be motivated for a single day and can make extra efforts but can you actually make these extra efforts on the daily basis, or can you manage these extra efforts on the daily basis?
This solution does the small but the consistent constructive change in your life, work or the health which you can manage and improve over the period of time. It can be named as incremental progress not the erratic and the inconsistent.
It does not require the massive effort and major time management to do small positive incremental efforts to transform our lives and maintain a balance between work and the life.
When I actually calculated my average speed it comes out to be very low then I realized that how much I used to waste my time in setting herculean targets and do the over thinking and wasting the whole day actually doing nothing. Here is my performance chart:
maintain the above calculated average figures and then increase it gradually. Yes, I am able to maintain my average working speed and even made a little increment in it.
You too can find yourself in this situation but do not feel guilty or worry, just try to write on the paper the constructive activities in your work and life which you can manage effortlessly in a day. Start doing them from the same day itself and maintain the schedule for the period of time say a month’s time. Then add little incremental in all those activities which you were doing for the whole last month. You will be easily able to embrace the incremental change in your work without actually affecting the other aspects of your life and you will surprise to see the incredible change in your work and life.