The Daily Grind vs. Sprint Cycles

Bookmarked Plodding and Bursting by Steve Pavlina (Steve Pavlina)

Plodding and bursting are two different strategies for getting things done. Plodding means persevering with a steady and stable workflow day after day. Bursting means working in short, temporary cycles of highly focused work while tuning out anything unrelated to the project at hand.

Interesting thoughts about cadence and work. I feel like lots of talk about creative work is about the daily grind and disdains “waiting for inspiration.” But that might not be the only reason people don’t work on projects every day. I’m not sure what work style works best for me but have a suspicion that I do better with projects – yet I’ve been forcing myself to build up a daily habit. (If you can call it that when it’s certainly not a habit.)

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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