The first thing I do every morning is race against time. Why?

Abhishek Anand
3 min readApr 23, 2017

I have been answering questions on Quora for a while now — though never with the frequency and fervour as in the last 2 weeks. One problem which I always used to have was deciding on what to answer. I would try to evaluate and choose on a number of different parameters:

  1. Does the question sound interesting, or is it a run of the mill one?
  2. Can I add some value to anyone by sharing my thoughts and insights? Do I even have insights on this particular topic?
  3. Does one of the answers already address the point I am trying to make and do I see any need for my answer to even go there?
  4. Do I have something interesting to share here or would I go blank once I start writing the answer?

Needless to say it was a time consuming process. I would scroll down in topics of my choice, looking at questions, and point #1 itself would need a lot of scrolling. Not to mention, it was distracting. I would end up spending a good deal of time just browsing through content, never really writing anything. And off the times that I did start writing, a lot of them stopped midway, just getting saved as drafts. Now that is a special place where my supposed Quora answers go to die.

2 weeks back, I decided to instill some discipline in my life. Started with making one small change — No matter what, I will write every day.

So I decided that come what may, every single day, I would be sharing a story on Medium, and answering a question on Quora.

A day later, I had made a more important decision and added a much needed constraint to my resolution.

If I need to do this, I need to do it before 9:30am. Every. Single. Day.

Now. I gave myself an out. I could have one cheat day every week. A day when I can not follow my target and yet, not feel bad about it.

So far I have wasted two cheat days (as it has been 2 weeks).

Now, I just made time my keeper. This caused me to get over that morning inhibition of getting out of bed. No more snoozing alarms. Every morning, as soon as I get up, I know I have work to do, and I am running against the clock, so things get auto-organized.

I do the medium article later. I am not sure why, but getting done with the Quora part first helps. Probably because on Medium I need to start with “So, what do we write about today?” That is a problem I don’t have on Quora. There I just need to choose. And by the time I am done, I have one idea or another at the back of my head on what to write about today.

So. Quora.

I am not sure, but I think having this time restriction really helped me. I, typically, open up two topics and in less than 5 mins I have come across a question that I would be answering for the day.

Does that mean I have compromised on the parameters I used to have in my question screening process? Not really. I still try to write insightful pieces of questions I find interesting.

I think being bound by time has just made the process faster.

I know I have no time to waste, and a deadline to meet, so I think faster, work faster.

That’s what was missing earlier. I had plenty of options to choose from. And I would keep on moving from one to another, without actually stopping by any one of them. Having this one curfew-time has simply changed that for me. I now have more clarity, less indecisiveness and more good old action.

And it all starts every single morning. With one simple race. With the tick tock on that stupid clock.

Abhishek Anand

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