Woke up at 7.30AM with more energy than what I usually feel waking up the past few weeks. I'm enjoying the warmth of the sun as the cool morning breeze wafts through my living room. It's one of life's simplest pleasures, being able to...
I made a cup of latte and drank it as I ate a slice of pandan cake. Somehow, I felt a pang of anxiety creeping in. My body felt different. It could be the medication for the Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) I've had for about a week. This wasn't how I usually felt upon waking up. I can breathe perfectly fine but as I breathe, my stomach seemed to create knots.
As I write this, I feel much better already. There's something cathartic about writing. Anxiety, as I know it, is my body's response to stress. To deal with it, I had to deal with the source of the stress – my backlog that was piling up.
Took a long nap in the afternoon and continued clearing my TODOs. I didn't clear everything but clearing some of it, especially the habit-based ones brings me a sense of accomplishment.
Shipped a mobile mockup for the filtering on Young Makers.
Throughout the day, I had many conversations with an online friend I made through twitter about my progress. He introduced himself as Chen Mor over Twitter DM when I messaged him after he followed me, probably after reading one of my tweets or Reading Supply essays. This was exactly what I sent.
We exchanged more messages after that and Chen consistently asked me daily for my Daily Journal's post. We did this for a while and I asked if he had Telegram and if we could shift our chats there. Since then, we have been keeping each other accountable on Shipping Daily™, a telegram group we created to keep indie makers like ourselves accountable by shipping in "public". We have also created rules for this group and follow it to show our commitment to Shipping Daily.
Rules of ShipDaily: "Consistency is the most reliable marker we have for truth" - Scott Adams 0. Our values: - Intelligence - Integrity - Energy - Rational Optimism - Accountability - Clarity of vision - Systems driven Our anti-values: - Pessimism - Negativity - Lurkers - Talkers 1. You must ship daily. 2. You must prove you have shipped before the day ends (In your own Timezone): - Valuable tweet written for audience - Youtube video recorded - Github commit - Article written 3. No shipping today = out. You get 2 strikes. 4. Emergencies policy: share your story publicly. Let people join in, share how you're feeling, tell them something valuable. A lesson, an insight.
If this is something that you are interested in, telegram me. We can work something out. It never hurts to have a chat and see where it takes us. Chen Mor and I started out as strangers but we started DMing each other on Twitter. Our shared interest in shipping products daily helped us take the leap into keeping each other accountable daily. The internet is your oyster.
I'll leave you, my reader to ponder over a few key takeaways:
Leverage the internet better and make more friends for the long journey ahead of you in honing your craft. It'll be easier for you.
Step out of your comfort zone and learn how to make friends online. Visakan on Twitter is pretty good at making friends online, learn from him.
You can find Chen Mor on his twitter.