Image: Mike Wilson
A cool advantage of being in the habit of writing everyday is that you will become inclined to ask, every single day, “What did I learn today?”
Having written every day for almost one and a half months now, I never accept “nothing” as an answer anymore. It’s just impossible to not learn something new in a 24-hour day - even noticing that the colour of the paint on the door you always walk through is something new and interesting.
This habit has also made me more inquisitive. Now I find myself walking around with my eyes wide open, observing what’s going on around me, near and far, with the intent of discovering something else that is interesting that I might write about. Every night when I write, I am wrung like a sponge, and my thoughts drip onto the page.
The result is a wonderful freshness the next day, where my mind is light and I’m able to make new observations with confidence, knowing that yesterday’s thoughts have dried up on a page and logged here, for eternity. (Or until my webserver crashes or a widespread internet virus wipes out my data.)
Momentum of coding
If the first function that does something a particular way works, and we need a second function that does something similar, it becomes a light matter of copying and pasting and a few minor tweaks.
Over time, we learn to recognise patterns, and that accelerates our problem-solving even further.
The start is always the toughest. Get over the molehill and the mountain behind becomes your playground.