The Grind-ies are the gravelly, down and dirty, mentally painful, zero-to-something thinking, learning, and producing that it takes to create something of your own. The Grind-ies Challenge is a 30 day pursuit to enter the Grind-ies mindset on a regular basis and document the experience.
I didn't want to go into the Grind-ies today. Not because of lack of motivation, but because I had a plethora of "spillover" ideas I felt called to execute. "Update this. Chart that. Tweak that over there."
I have to assume these "spillover" ideas came from taking aggressive chomps at the Grind-ies these past few days.
Do the Grind-ies harvest crumbs for advancement? Does a bite at the Grind-ies uncover the pillars of improvement that lay the next layer of innovation?
It feels like it. I had more project-advancing work today than usual.
The Grind-ies have felt like the throttle for progress and improvement and today I wanted off that gas pedal...just to keep up.
I've been working out the main section of a teambuilding workshop and discovered its progress when I jumped into the Grind-ies
tonight. I use large, cut-out squares of cardboard as drawing boards, and tonight I felt I had enough developed to transfer the ideas from cardboard to InDesign.
I couldn't believe what the Grind-ies had produced. What I saw on the screen was significantly better than if I had only scribbled down some ideas here and there during less-focused times.
The Grind-ies are the force that yields the crops for the next stage. Can I rock with that formula for the rest of this challenge? Time will tell.
Time in the Grind-ies: 1 hour, 21 minutes
Projects: Studied business models, wrote teambuilding program
How I felt afterward: Rewarded. I was able to see my progress on InDesign. I felt I left a little on the table and could've stayed in longer.
Day 4 of the Grind-ies Challenge is right here