It’s quantity, not quality

I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year. The challenge is to write a novel of 50,000 words or more exclusively during November. So far I’m on schedule to complete the novel. I’m sure when I’m done, it will not be my best work. But it’ll be done. In contrast, I’ve been working on another novel for more than 16 years, and it still isn’t done yet.

I also think this is useful beyond writing. Often we get in our own way. We wait for the right time to start something. We wait for the right resources. We wait until we have all our ducks in a row. We wait until we have ducks. We wait until we’re done waiting. We wait.

A good plan acted on today is worth more than a perfect plan tomorrow. Why? Because there are no prefect plans.

Whatever you’re waiting on, stop waiting. Instead, do one thing, even a small thing, to get started on it today. Create your own month. Call it National Whatever I’m Trying To Get Done Month. Then get it done in the month.

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