My last non-fiction read was a book called “Kaizen” by Sarah Harvey. Bren is planning on reading the book too, so we can do a duo review. The book has been keeping me busy, however and much of what was in that book is worth it to apply in your real life.
Kaizen is a Japanese method of gradually improving things, by cutting up larger projects into smaller steps. The philosophy here being that it is much easier to complete smaller steps than to try and attempt to tackle a big task or project all at once. The book is full of handy tips on how to do this, but then I did find out that I do a lot of this already in my life.
The easiest example of this is writing a book. I can’t just sit down and write an entire story from start to finish in one go. It takes a lot of planning and plotting. There are writers out there who can, but not me. Especially not with an office job that’s keeping me busy 36 hours a week.
Typically my books have been around 100K words and that is impossible to do all at once, but right now I’m writing 500 words a day (or more) on my latest project. That might not seem like much, but 500 words a day means you’ll write about 15.000 words a month! See how it all adds up? Do you have any projects that just seem to be daunting to begin with, even though you’re anxious to start? Try chopping them up in manageable chunks and soon you’ll be doing the thing! And if you’re confident enough, you could even try doing more. After about 66 days it’ll then turn into a habit, at which point it’ll have became part of your daily routine! Just make sure you try to free up time to do the thing and do it consistently every day! There’s a bunch of tools for that, which I’ll get into on a later blog!