The key to getting the work done – and the work done well – is consistency.
Showing up every day.
Or every other day.
But at what point does the “not quite every day” begin to erode to where it is no longer doing what it is supposed to.
I am trying to blog every day. I am failing. I blog a few days in a row, miss a day, or even miss two days. What’s lost when I miss a day?
It might be less impactful when I miss a day of blogging because I generally am writing something else those other days – whether my fiction in progress or something creative for work.
But it partly doesn’t matter because blogging is not necessarily deep work.
Writing a novel is deep work that requires immersion. You get into the flow the story, your own writing, the characters. Spend too much time away and you need to reacquaint yourself with all of that. The work is broken and greater effort is spent trying to get back into it than in it.
The same thing happens with Brazilian jiu jitsu. Miss too many days of training and the return is painful – cardio is crap, hesitation abound, technique gets sloppy or foggy.
But life happens. Other things rise (like the kid’s tennis) and priorities shift.
The challenge is how to meet those shifts without losing consistency or a practice entirely.
Still trying to figure that out.