I recently read Atomic Habits by James Clear.
Unlike so many of the current productivity books, this is a book I can actually recommend. It feels a little corporate of times, and the opening story is rough (Mr. Clear suffered a traumatic injury), but I recommend it.
While I took much away from this book, my biggest takeaway was this: embrace boredom.
When setting goals, we get excited at the beginning. I am always excited to start a new language, for example. But after a while, the excitement wears off. What then?
Atomic Habits tells us what to do next. Develop a routine. Develop a checklist, and then.. keep going. Embrace the boredom. If you can, fall in love with boredom.
If you’re learning a language, develop a routine and stick with the routine. Understand that the routine will get old. Stick to it anyway.
Don’t quit when it gets boring.