I can’t take credit for the technique provided in this article, but I will say that I unequivocally agree with it. My inspiration for today’s post came from “missing” this weekend. I generally push to publish two articles per day. The first is an inspirational article with techniques to boost productivity, foster positive mindsets, and motivate you for the day ahead. The second post is around organization using the pomodoro technique. For me, these two go hand in hand. An organized home makes it far easier to be productive and focus on the things that will make you better.
I failed to publish my organization post on Saturday.
Never Miss Twice
I first read about this technique in James Clear’s book Atomic Habits. In the book, he made a powerful point that stuck with me, an excerpt is provided below.
“The first mistake is never the one that ruins you. It is the spiral of repeated mistakes that follows. Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit.”
– James Clear
This, at its essence, is extremely simple. What I took from it though has profoundly changed my attitude towards missing. Sunday when I woke up after failing to write that article it bothered me all morning. My entire routine felt wronged and I knew that if I didn’t “make it right” the rest of the day was probably going to trend that direction also. What made it worse, is that this quote kept hanging over my head and I knew that if for some reason I missed again, you wouldn’t be reading this article today. Sunday morning after my coffee and reading, I immediately wrote the missed post before proceeding to write my productivity post. Guilt lifted, routine normalized and I felt better.
Sometimes it’s amazing to me how something so small can stick with you. The impact of which can be profound, and that is exactly why I wanted to share this. You may not miss today, and I hope that you don’t. But in sharing, I hope this simple technique does weigh on your conscience the next time you do and helps push you to get back on track the next day.
I hope you enjoyed today’s article and wish you the best. Keep on keeping on and stay productive. As always, if you do get value from this and it helps you at some point I would love to hear about it. Please share your experience on one of our social channels with hashtag #didntmisstwice #productive.