We often rely on our feelings to take action.
Am I feeling alert enough to do it? I haven’t had my morning coffee yet. Hmm, I doubt I’ll be able to do it to the standard I’d like.
Of course, producing work to a high standard should always be the goal, but it shouldn’t be the first goal.
That’s getting in our own way. Perfection isn’t the goal, getting to draft 1 is.
There’s never a perfect time to do the work, and allowing our feelings to guide this process is letting resistance win.
You don’t need to make incremental progress on every project, but 15 minutes spent on adding to a draft is worth more than waiting for a perfect 15 minutes.
In fact, 5 amounts of uninspired, unenthused, or weary 15 minutes is more valuable than 15 perfect minutes.
When miners go digging for gold they have to sift through a lot of dirt before they finally find their treasure. The same applies to the creative process.
Gold just doesn’t appear on the page, canvas, or studio, it appears after continual digging.