Apparently I haven’t talked about the concept of zero days yet. Let’s change that!
A zero day is a day during which you do nothing to take you closer to (one of) your goals. Alternatively, a slightly broader definition: a day during which you do nothing even remotely productive or useful. Pretty simple concept, right? Now try and have as little zero days as you possibly can! And if you’re up for a challenge, try to completely get rid of zero days in your life. Yeah, that’s where things get a bit tougher.
But when not having any zero days seems tough, that’s exactly when you need to try and strive for it. Whether you put half an hour of work towards a project, clean your room, go to the gym or read a book, you’ve been productive. Of course you can decide for yourself how strict you want to be regarding what counts as a productive activity. You don’t want to keep the bar too low, but setting it too high may wear you out quickly.
For me it’s working out pretty well. I do occasionally take a day “off”, but never more than two a week. I try to get in at least an hour of solid progress on anything in every day, and I can usually manage to stick to that plan. And as long as I keep that up, I will continue to make incremental progress towards a finished project or achieved goal. And that’s great!
So get rid of those zero days in your life. Trust me, it’s worth it!