Mindset

Count the cost

Is this a piece that I’m going to finish? If I start, am I willing to put in a lot more hours than I think making it something good and worthwhile?

Pondering

If you’re disappointed with the quality of your ideas, spend uninterrupted time (more than 30 minutes, 90 minutes is optimal) with just a notebook, thinking about the problem and sketching out ideas. As in meditation, when your mind wanders, just gently bring it back to the subject.

True rest

When you rest, devote yourself to actually resting. Don’t fill your mind with noise. Don’t scan YouTube. Don’t try, don’t think, don’t strategize. Rest, fully, until you are rested.