Looks like this is the 100th post on this blog. When I started this blog I don’t think I had imagined I would come this far. As with many other things I have started, I had imagined that this would stop soon too. But somehow I have been able to come back to the blog and keep writing month after month. It was just coincidental that I noticed that this is the hundredth post. I had not planned on writing this. Serendipitously, it turned out to be very appropriate for the topic I chose today.
A few months ago, William Pietri, gave an answer on Quora. It was something like, “what is one piece of advice that has changed your life?” His answer was something along the lines of, “if it’s hard to do, just do more of it. The more you wash clothes, the easier it becomes. The more frequently you do it, the smaller the load, and the easier it is to wash them.” For me, that was one of the most useful answers I ever got on Quora. I have tried to follow that advice. Specifically, I now find it much easier to load and unload the dishwasher. This was a task I dreaded. The dishes would accumulate and it was a boring task. But now I do it whenever I get a chance.
Whenever I see some dishes in the sink, I load them into the dishwasher. Eventually the dishwasher becomes full. When that happens I run it. If I noticed that the dishwasher has done its cycle, and is waiting for me to unload it, I just unload it. It takes me less than three minutes because I know exactly where to put the dishes. Unloading is no longer a chore. Unloading was actually already easier. But now even loading is easy because I do maybe five or six plates or vessels at a time.
The same thing happened when I started hiking.The first few times it was really difficult. But now 8-hour hikes are a cinch.The same is true of programming also. And just about everything else in life I would imagine. Just do more of it. The frequency makes the load smaller. And the practice makes it easier to improve your technique.