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Peter Sim • Edited on

I'm a great procrastinator, so I was drawn to reading this piece, thanks Ashlee. What you say applies equally to software development, another creative endeavour.

The procrastinator is thinking that if people read your article in say, October, they might be drawn to Nanowrimo.

Maybe it's fear of failure or the feeling that I'll do a better job if I wait until I know I'm ready, but notice how easy it was for me to find an excuse for action.

As the ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi (Lao Tzu) is reputed to have said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". To which we might add, "so just do it." Now, all I need to do is find the energy for that step.

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Ashlee (she/her) Author

I’m glad this article was helpful for you! Totally understand the energy thing. As someone who suffers from chronic pain and migraines, I’ve found that sometimes I have to sacrifice what I do in a day to make room for what’s most important to me. It’s hard to accept that I can’t get everything done the way I want to.

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Maxime Moreau • Edited on

Yeah totally agree. Just don't wait to be perfect, make mistake and learn. As a young developer I was kind of scaried, but now I'm just going ahead, fast and learn. It's hard to tackle procrastination, this little bitchy voice :(
But by building things we can.