I’m going to try an experiment: identify and implement 1 small habit each Monday that makes me a better solopreneur, and report the results back here. This week: Start the day with a line of Code.

[ update on Friday; December 5, 2014 – this has been hit or miss for me; been distracted getting my head around Agile and Scrum. But, on those days I’ve done it, I’ve written more code.]

Earlier this morning as I was lying in bed, checking news and zite, texting my girlfriend, avoiding another week of building FlashCommand, and I can across this post, “12 Ridiculously effective techniques to mastering productivity as a startup founder”. Number 1? Start every day with a line of code. That one line, that one act, will kickstart your day, focus your intentions, and give you momentium.

Here’s the quote that inspired the author (sorry, could not find the name of the author anywhere) from Ernest Hemingway:

Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say. If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.

So right after I post this, I’m going to write that line, probably the first iPhone view template Action Pack Variant in Rails for FlashCommand. Just basically a hello world, but the idea was galvanizing enough to inspire this post and get me up and working. Will let you know how it goes.

Got one small piece of advice that makes you a more productive solopreneur? I’d love to hear about it and give it a try.

2 thoughts on “Start every day with a line of code.

  1. Interesting idea!

    I’ve recently started down the path of the nights and weekends solopreneur and I’ve found that using GitHub as an unbroken chain app has caused me to make more forward progress on a daily basis.

    GitHub profile pages contain a contribution graph, as well as a ‘current streak’ – the number of days in a row that you’ve contributed *something* to a GitHub project. Now that I’ve developed a decent sized streak, you can bet that I’m going to make the effort to contribute every day.

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