Reduce a project to the smallest unit; the place where magic is possible. Top-down thinking has shackled us. Resist. Build projects from the bottom up. Just-Enough Strategy™ is your modus operandi, but enough is even less than you think.
The curse of knowledge is real: life at 10,000 feet is paralyzing. We simulate the entire journey in our heads and never get started. Planning and outlines are masturbation; the reification of zero. A project manager is a glorified calendar. Planning alone doesn’t get us from zero to one.
Doing subsumes planning, and moves us from nothing to something.
You must break the will of whatever the fuck is in front of you.
Do the math: explode a project into discrete chunks. Attack the first thing first. Build something brick by brick, element by element — this is the easiest way forward; the only way forward for a neurotic planner.
Writing an article? Tear up the outline. Kill the introduction. Drop all pretext of linear thought — start with a single sentence; see where it takes you.
This is elemental construction.