Hopefully you noticed by now that I publish this blog once a week every Tuesday.
Except for last week: I got back from my first big international trip post-COVID, and returned to such a mountain of work + jetlag that I didn’t put up the post that I’d written. I wanted to give it another turn, and I was shot by the end of the day on Monday.
Of course the week stayed busy, and then it was a holiday in the US yesterday, so again, no post. And, since I schedule all my meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, I’ve got very limited quiet time until the end of the week.
From where I’m standing, I can see how easy it would be to let another week go by.
And, in the tradition of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, pretty soon one thing leads to another…
I think people often confused routine and discipline, and the role that they play in long term projects and how we structure our days.
Discipline by itself is awfully hard: doing all the mental work of deciding to do a difficult task, prioritizing that task, fighting through the resistance, and getting the job done.
Whereas routine is a lot easier: discipline is involved, but it is simply the discipline of walking a well-worn path.
That’s much, much easier.
Until next Tuesday.