Incremental Improvement and the Power of No More Zero Days

How small changes lead to big results.

You can’t immediately leap to the top. You can, however, get there one step at a time. Photo by Jukan Tateisi on Unsplash

Incremental Improvement

Big changes rarely happen instantly. There are very few things that can actually cause your output to significantly increase. There is, however, a plethora of things that can increase your output by an amount that may seem insignificant at first. There are many, many things that can increase your output by one or two percent, and your time is better spent searching for those. Because in the time it might take you to find one thing that increases your productivity by twenty percent, you might find ten things that increase your productivity by three percent.

No More Zero Days

We’ve all had days in which we got done nothing that wasn’t mandatory (like going to work or school). Days in which our free time was entirely spent browsing social media, playing video games, and watching Netflix. Such days are called zero days. The reason why these days are so dangerous — why you should avoid them at any cost — is that it rarely stays just one zero day. You’ll get stuck in a rut, and before you know it you don’t have a zero day, you have a zero week, or even a zero month. The days fly by when you don’t do anything new. You switch over to autopilot and before you know it, a month has passed and you’re still exactly where you were before.

High School Student from the Netherlands--part-time writer, full-time thinker

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