Quality and Motivation Through Iteration
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Happy Saturday! Here is your weekly dose of the world of Miles, learning, techno-optimism, business thoughts, and ways to be a better human.
Quality And Motivation Through Iteration. I’ve written before about finishing what you start. It’s an argument for limiting work in progress by finishing what you start before starting the next thing. Here’s a counter-argument from my own life. I’ve found motivational advantages particularly in writing projects from small increments of work. As a way to get over the blank page stuck feeling, I give myself permission to start with extremely small bits. And I plan for enough time on writing projects to be able to pick up and put down a piece of writing a few times. Something about the permission to work a small amount helps me start. Once I’ve started, often I will finish sooner than I expected. At our venture studio Purpose Built, we have a value of “quality through iteration and speed”. It is better to make an outline today than deliver a polished version days later. I see these principles as aligned and am enjoying embracing this more.
Visualization. I recently covered how I use affirmations to reprogram my beliefs. Learning about Miracle Morning also spurred me to look into visualization. One evidence-based method I’ve used is WOOP: Wish Outcome Obstacle Plan. Don’t confuse it with Whoop, the exercise tracker. Let me know if you give it a try.
Dance Recommendations? If I love watching athletic or physical dance theater like Streb, Pilobolus, Diavolo, and PUSH, who should I see next? I also enjoy some of Dytto’s more playful dances and Michael Smuin when less ballet heavy.
Until next week,
P.S. Check out our recent Startups for Good podcast episode Jonathan Kumar founder/CEO of Sumariatin. Their model is to use a mobile app to coordinate existing resources, volunteers and donations to help people living on the streets to get housing. They partner with local organizations including hospitals to underwrite the services.
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