Use the 365 Rule to Overcome Procrastination, Hesitation, and Doubt

In 1984, John Grisham was no more John Grisham, best selling author; He was a young lawyer working long hours, often in low-paid court-appointed cases, trying to build a practice and a living.

As written by Grisham This new York Times op-ed,

Like most small-town lawyers, I dreamed of the big case, and in 1984 it finally arrived. But this time it was not mine. As usual, I was walking around the courtroom pretending to be busy. But what I was really doing was watching a trial involving a young girl who was beaten up and raped.

Her testimony was heart-wrenching, graphic, heartbreaking and touching. Every judge was crying. I remember staring at the defendant and wishing I had a gun.

And such a story was born.

Grisham had an idea, but an idea without action isn’t really an idea. it’s just a dream.

And, finally, a regret.

So he decided to write one page a day. He got up early, went to his office, closed the door and wrote a page. Same routine, every day.

Two hundred words doesn’t seem like much unless you multiply 200 by 365 days. or 730 days. or 1,095 days.

do that, and grisham was kill time, And company, and more than 40 other novels that have sold over 300 million copies.

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The Law of 365 is based on asking yourself kevin kelly question: “If you repeat what you do today 365 more times, where will you be next year?”

For Grisham, applying the Rule of 365 meant that he had made great progress toward finishing his first novel.

Applying the 365 rule for you, sending helpful emails — whether to someone you know, someone you want to get to know, or best of all, just to offer help, advice or a kind word. Is in a position of — means your network will be wider and stronger.

Applying the Rule of 365 to spending twenty minutes learning a new skill, whether business or personal, means you’ll be smarter and more efficient.

Applying the Rule of 365 to spending ten minutes with a different employee means you’ll be a better, more understanding, and more empathetic leader.

Don’t think about working in bursts. Don’t wait for the day when you will finally have time – because you will never have time – to start on a lofty goal. Break the process down into smaller steps and get started.

If you want to start a business, then devote 20 minutes to at least one task every day. Obtaining an EIN. Setting up a business account. Working on your MVP. soliciting feedback. Confirm your idea by asking people you know if they need the help you can provide, and then providing that.

Think about the person you would be if you

what are you doing today? You are the same today

what do you do — or Don’t Do – every day for the next year?

That’s where you will be.

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