Motivation. I suck at it, badly.
You’ve probably never heard of Dražen Petrović. He was one of the first europeans to play in the NBA and probably the best shooter ever, but in words of Janez Drvaric, his previous coach, he was not talented. At all.
So how did he manage to become one of the most successful shooters in NBA history? He shoot. Every single day. A lot. Janez Drvaric says:
Before training with the whole team, he usually spent an hour and a half with individual training, and after the official training session, he stayed in the court, shooting. At least 500 shoots per day.
Every single day, he found the courage and motivation to push himself a bit more, to shoot one more time, pushing the limits.
Photo credits to Lipofsky Basketballphoto.com
I was doing pretty well for a couple of days, until I just found myself not reading it anymore. I stopped reading it without being aware of it. It turns out I’m not Dražen Petrović.
But hey! I was not going to give up. I know a couple of different tricks to deal with motivation, so I decided to try something new to motivate myself, a technique called Temptation bundling.
As defined by Katherine Milkman, author of the paper Holding the Hunger Games Hostage at the Gym:vAn Evaluation of Temptation Bundling, temptation bundling:
“involves coupling instantly gratifying ‘want’ activities with engagement in a ‘should behavior’ that provides long-term benefits but requires the exertion of willpower”
The app embraces minimalism while providing subtle affordances to lower the user cognitive load.
And today I’m 29 commits closer to achieve my goal, I’ve learnt about npm, tap and hold interaction patterns in mobile, .gitignore, todo lists in markdown, HTML5 and localstorage while having fun.
This may not work for you, and you probably should find a bundle that suits your needs, but you should definitely give it a try. Because not everyone is like Dražen Petrović.
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