I LOVE this saying. (What ? I’m French. I’m allowed to rave about English sayings.)
But also, I don’t want to brag but I’m very, really, so good at getting my ducks in a row.
That’s maybe because I always have a lot of projects. So in my life, I had to do it a bunch of times.
It often starts by buying a new notebook that is going to receive all the ideas about this project. It takes a while to find the perfect one: not too small, not too big, the perfect amount of pages, with the exact ruling I need, and of course, pretty.
Then, I spend a lot of times looking at this notebook, thinking of what I have to put in it that is going to be useful for my project.
One could argue that I just like buying notebooks, which is true. But also, I am always more motivated in a project if I have a cute notebook to refer to.
So, this phase of thinking is very important.
Usually, it ends like a to-do list notebook, or a taking notes notebook. Still, I’m very open to new ideas.
Anyway, after that comes the design phase. How exactly I am going to write my titles ? With which color, type of pen ? Or maybe with a color marker ?
I guess you can laugh at me now, but this is very important as well because if I do something ugly on my notebook I will have to do the exact ugly thing on each page, so it’ll ruin everything.
When everything is chosen-bought-decided-validated-regretted-validated, I can start filling up my notebook.
That’s usually pretty long, because I often have a lot of notes to take so I don’t want to miss anything. Before starting a project I have to feel very ready and very confident that I know everything that I have to know.
And, I write very slowly because my writing is beautiful so I want it to be the most beautiful possible.
And this my friends, was the perfect method that I recommend to you if you want to NEVER ACTUALLY START ANY PROJECT.
I am not the proud owner of a lot of half-or-less filled notebooks that will never be fully filled, about projects that I will never start. My notebooks shelf is like a cemetary of my willpower. My very own shelf of shame.
But what does that mean about me ? Well, after a lot of hypothesis (procrastination ? inconsistency ? fear of failure ? laziness ? procrastination ? laziness ?), I decided to choose the one that was the most gentle towards me.
So I think that at the end of the day, all of these projects probably didn’t interest me that much. What interests me is having a project, period.
All of this preparation was maybe (1) just a passion for notebooks, and (2) me looking for a project that really passionates me and that I wouldn’t quit.
Maybe all of these fail projects were in fact one big project of me looking for myself.
Apparently it even worked: I found my project that I didn’t quit before actually starting it, and it is writing texts like the one you are reading right now.
I didn’t quit, I work on it passionately every day, and I even totally filled a notebook.
So hey, ducks in a row: check, check, and check.