A zero day is a day when you don’t make any progress towards your goals, or dreams, or whatever it is that you want to achieve.
It’s a day where you’re coasting through work, skipping your workout, and then maybe going home to watch some Game of Thrones before bed.
I get that sometimes you need to shut your brain off and watch Khaleesi ride dragons for a few hours. Sometimes, you physically can’t muster the energy to write a blog post or get a workout in after work. Sometimes you just need to rest.
Rest is important, and it’s not that there’s something morally wrong with having a zero day, but if your goals are even a little important to you, you have no excuse ever to have a zero day.
*Let me stop here and say that this doesn’t apply to you if you’re totally happy with where you’re at right now. If you’ve accomplished all your goals,and have everything you’ve ever wanted, go ahead and queue up another show on Netflix. I recommend Better Caul Saul or season 2 of Daredevil.
(Also, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org because you definitely know something I don’t and I want to learn from you)
Here’s how to never have a zero day again. Do ONE thing that moves you closer to your goal every day. Rain, sleet, shine, or hurricane, it doesn’t matter — get the ONE thing in.
Physically worn out?
Do ONE pushup. ONE sit-up. Go for a walk for ONE minute.
Write ONE sentence, ONE email. Read ONE page of a book or your favorite blog. Draw ONE quick sketch. Put a TEDtalk on for ONE minute.
If life is a long, winding flight of stairs with your dreams at the top, doing one thing is the equivalent of taking a single step up those stairs.
Most days, you’ll probably be able to do more than just ONE thing towards your goals. This post is for that odd day or week when you feel like you can’t. It’s for those times when you’re “off.”
On those days, whatever you do, don’t go to bed while still at zero. Doing a single pushup seems insignificant, but it’s less about the actual effect of the ONE thing you do, and more about the practice of making progress.
All of those ONE’s add up. A month later, you’ll look back and find yourself way ahead of where you once were.