Thoughts On Just Turning Up

I’ve been thinking a little more about the link I posted to Austin Kleon’s blog the other day. I finished it with the line

Instead there should just be turning up to write down a thought and seeing where it takes you.
It’s a sentiment that you hear quite regularly around the Internet these days. Just keep turning up every day and do the thing—whatever your thing is.

The phrase turning up is just a less intimidating way of saying be disciplined. Turning up to write a blog post everyday is a discipline, just as reading your bible every day is or getting up without pressing the snooze button.

As I get older I’m understanding more and more that learning to be disciplined is one of the most important things you can do. It can effect every area of your life and it’s easy to assume that discipline is something that you have or you don’t. That you’re either able to be disciplined or you’re not, but that’s not the case. Discipline, I’m learning, is something you can develop. It’s like a muscle, the more you work it the stronger it gets.

The hard part, I believe, is not getting started but maintaining and developing. Everyone can start something, doing it for a couple of days before they get distracted or it begins to feel like work, and then stopping because it requires effort to continue. But that’s where you need to begin exercising that muscle of discipline, when things feel too hard keep going regardless, over time how hard it feels will disappear and instead it will become something you do each and every day.

So join me in learning to be disciplined. Starting tomorrow morning decide what time you’re going to get up, set your alarm and then get up when it goes off. No snoozing, no rolling over, just turn off that alarm and get up. Then do it the next day, and the next, until it becomes something you just do.

Last week I moved Tweetbot out the dock on my iPhone and replaced it with Micro.blog. Haven’t looked back since, a much nicer community to interact with. I’m still checking Twitter but mostly for design/sports news.

Thoughts as Nest Eggs ›

Today when you say “nest egg” many think of money saved and put away, but a literal “nest egg” is a real or fake egg that you put in a nest to encourage a bird or a hen to lay more eggs there. So what Thoreau is saying is that by simply writing down a thought, you encourage more thoughts to come. When you have enough thoughts pushed together in the same space — a collage of thoughts, juxtaposed — they often lead to something totally new.

This is the magic of writing.

Austin Kleon wrapped up a recent post with the quote above. The post on one level is about journaling and writing in general, but do you know what else that quote describes? A blog.

A blog is nothing more than a series of thoughts written down over a period of time. When you think about it that way it’s incredibly freeing. There should be no pressure. Instead there should just be turning up to write down a thought and seeing where it takes you.

Firefox is becoming my favourite browser to develop websites in. The new CSS Grid layout inspector is excellent, reminiscent of InDesign in its display and so helpful in helping me to understand how the new layout stuff works.

📚 The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)

Author: Robert Ludlum
Published: 1980
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Finished on: 2018/01/21

I’m a big fan of the Jason Bourne film, the original trilogy is one of my favourite series of films and ones that I regularly return to when I want to watch something familiar. When I saw The Bourne Identity in a charity shop for a couple of pounds I had to pick it up.

I enjoy reading books that have been turned in to film and seeing how they stack up. I’ve always wondered how the Bourne books measure up to their film counterparts, normally the two are quite close with a few bits missing for the sake of time, with parts being cut that are not critical to the story. That’s really not the case with this book.

Overall it’s an enjoyable read, it’s a bit hard going in places, the detail is high and the depth of the story is interesting. It’s a completely different story to the film. Although the film has clearly been based on bits of the book, the key story line beyond Bourne’s amnesia is completely different and it took me a while to adjust my expectations accordingly. I had to force myself to divorce the the film from the book I was reading before I could let myself get drawn in to he story.

I might return to it in a couple of years and see whether my view of it has changed. My overall impression has been coloured by my expectation of the book being more similar to the film I enjoy so much, I’d like to read it again without having to go through the process of finding that out and see if I enjoy it more.

I really like the idea of Micro Monday, kind of like Follow Friday on Twitter but better. For my first contribution I’m suggesting Colin Walker, his posts are interesting and his contributions to the community all warrant a follow.

I’ve seen a few people on Micro.blog using a thing called Quill to post to their sites. Intrigue got the better of me so I’m giving it a try.

Testing out the new @micron Micro.blog app. For a beta it already has some nicer interactions than the official app, just a bit less finesse. Good so far though.

Finally giving MarsEdit 4 a try, I used to use this app all the time. The new version seems really at home on the newer macOS versions.

Today has been one of those design days where everything felt rubbish. Hopefully when I return tomorrow there’ll be something in the pile worth developing.

Woo! Finally. The Seattle Seahawks are playing in London this year. I need to get tickets! 🏈 #GoHawks

Went to bed early to read, on feeling tired I turned off the light to go to sleep. While drifting off my mind wondered to a project I’m mulling over. I now have an idea jotted down and am wide awake.