Mike Sturm – Medium

Written by Mike Sturm

Mike Sturm – Medium

However underwhelming, disappointing, frustrating, annoying, or dumb something seems to you right now — remember that one day, the threat of it all going way may be real and present. If that were to happen, would you give anything to just be facing the everyday problem you’re having now?
An essay on the motivational forces that pull us from and push us toward our best work, and how I deal with them
It doesn’t matter what your job is, or even outside of the context of work — questioning questions is a powerful practice.
These 4 ideas are not the be-all, end-all. But for me, they’ve proven to be the most valuable. As more of my work has become this amorphous blob we call “knowledge work”, remembering these things has helped me to do that work, do it fairly well, and avoid going crazy.
This 110 year-old book taught me more in 90 pages than many of the newest big books on the market
Recognize the two kinds of work we need to do and help rebuild the trust in yourself needed to be more productive
In the times when I can’t bring myself to follow some sort of meditation practice to get the other benefits — this practice has helped me.
It is possible to defeat procrastination. You just have to adopt one simple habit: decisiveness. You have to consistently make decisions and stick with them with a high level of commitment. How do you do this?