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Jason DeFillippo's 90-day program: "Just Start"

Jason P. DeFillippo : 90 Days

My pal, Jason DeFillippo, has recently begun a project to clean up his act over the next ninety days. In preparation for hitting the big three-six, he's planning to tidy up, lose some weight, and start shedding the nonsense, clutter, and distractions in his life. Go, man, go.

Personally, I've had mixed to terrible results with things where I tried to invert too many habits at one time, but Jason is nothing if not a hardass and a man of firm resolve. I'm looking forward to watching his progress over the summer and learning what I can from him.

I'll tell you one thing we agree on; it's all about getting started:

I saw this over at Boris’s blog the other day and it really triggered something in me. I tend to think a lot about project and plans. I think about them so much I get paralyzed with option paralysis and stuff doesn’t get done. In an attempt to do something right the first time through it invariable almost never gets done at all. Thinking something through is an important part of the creative process but it means dick if you don’t ever start. And if you don’t start you don’t finish.

Good on 'ya, Jason. Rock it.

Here are Jason's "90 Days" posts so far:

  • Don’t think, just start… - "I’ll be documenting my progress as daily as possible for the next 90 days, hopefully beyond, sharing what I’m trying and how it works out so maybe some other folks will get inspired to get the hell out of their doldrums and just, ya know, start!"
  • Day 1. Reduction - "But the point is if I get rid of things that I’d worry about then I don’t have to worry if something should happen to them."
  • Weigh in #1 - "Youch."
  • Day 2: This Party Sucks! - "What was I thinking? I’ve schlepped this goddamn button around the country for 10 goddamn years! "
  • Day 2: Round-up - "You can read all the books you want and get all the theory you can swallow but sometimes you just have to put the book down and walk out the front door."

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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