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Practice vs. Homework

It is time for my short lecture on Practice vs. Homework. 

40 Days and 40 Writes is  practice, as in a yoga practice, or as in a meditation practice, or a fitness routine. Practice as in, it doesn't have to be perfect. The point of a practice is simply that you are doing it.

What it is not is homework. Homework you have to do, like it or not. If you miss a homework assignment you have to make it up. You get graded on homework. None of that applies here.

So if you have missed a day or two this first week, just jump back in. You do not have to complete prompt 5 before moving on to prompt 6.  I think of it like this: I missed my yoga class on Wednesday, so I'll go to one on Thursday, but I'm not going to go to two on Thursday.

That said, here's my observation based on a year of flocks: If you miss one day, it is not a big deal. If you miss two days in a row, that starts to be a problem. I have designed 40 Days with more care and deliberateness than you know, and everything about it is build to create momentum. If you skip two days in a row, inertia takes hold.

Some of you perhaps won't be satisfied if you don't write 40 total entries. Such an urge for perfection or completeness — and whether it serves you — might also be something to contemplate over the next six weeks. 

To me, the important thing is daily-ness. 

Onward and upward!

— Robin 

Winding down week 2

On finding your own groove