#8: I'm Writing a Book

For a few years now, I’ve had a secret goal: write a book

I’m tired of just thinking about it. I’ve decided that 2017 is the year I’m finally going to do it. I sat down a few weeks ago and started outlining. Today, I’m ready to commit publicly.

My book, Finish Your Damn Side Project, will be available this summer.

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#7: How to Start Writing

With time and a bit of dedicated practice, you’ll be cranking words out in no time. That’s what I love about writing. You may not be the next Stephen King or have formal training, but you don’t need it. You don’t need to wait until someone else proclaims you a “Writer.”

As long as you’re writing, you’re a writer. So, get to work.

This episode originally appeared on the Monday Mailer, my weekly newsletter about shipping side projects, productivity, and doing your best work.

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#5: Make a (Public) Commitment

To become good at our work, we have to put the hours in. A deadline, announced publicly, forces you to stop being precious. It kills perfectionism and resistance to just getting shit done. The more deadlines I set, and commitments I make to other people, the more I’m able to get done.

This episode originally appeared on the Monday Mailer, my weekly newsletter about shipping side projects, productivity, and doing your best work.

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#4: Crossing the Finish Line

Have you ever found yourself close to finishing a side project, only to become stymied by one last task you need to complete? You have to figure out how to integrate Stripe payments. Or you’re futzing around with the landing page design. You know you should just ship the damn thing but, for whatever reason, you can’t.

This episode originally appeared on the Monday Mailer, my weekly newsletter about shipping side projects, productivity, and doing your best work.

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#3: Bring Value

Add value wherever you can, even if it isn’t part of your job description. Not only will it make you a more valuable employee – and human being – it’s incredibly rewarding.

This episode originally appeared on the Monday Mailer, my weekly newsletter about shipping side projects, productivity, and doing your best work.

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#2: Luck Favours the Prepared

We never know where our careers will take us. It’s important we find time to explore new things. Try out a new platform. Build a side project. Collaborate with someone new. You never know which exploration will yield something that changes your path forever.

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This episode originally appeared on the Monday Mailer, my weekly newsletter about shipping side projects, productivity, and doing your best work.

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#1: What's Your North Star?

When it comes to doing our best work, I think we all need our version of a North Star — something that reminds us where we’re going and what we’re trying to accomplish.

This episode originally appeared on the Monday Mailer, my weekly newsletter about shipping side projects, productivity, and doing your best work.

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