The secret weapon of progress ⚔️

Professionals have a place, a time, and an intention.



Each day has a finite number of peak hours.

Productivity is then maximized by designing an environment and routine that eliminates much of the friction that stands between one’s self and their work.

Blacksmiths had their shops, carpenters have a job site, and knowledge workers have an office. Unlike craftsmen of the past, the knowledge worker’s workbench is virtual and physical. Tend to both.

Remove the decision of doing the work by always showing up. Show up at the same place, at the same time, every single day. Let the excitement of what tomorrow’s work might yield drive you to return.

Appear each day with intent. Not intention of what to do, but of who to become.

Let the vision of your future self unlock the seized gears of your creativity by focusing on the practice, not the product.

As you sit down day after day, do not be lulled by preparation, just begin.



“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” - Steven Pressfield



Design a space, set a time, and identify intention.

My space: dedicated home office

My time: 5:301 am write ✍️ for 1-2 hours every day.

My intention: improve, go deeper, and refine my craft as a writer.2

You’ll be amazed at how much progress can be made within a single hour per day.

It’s simple, but not easy.

Until next time,

Josh Duffney

Favorite-thing-of-the-week 🥰 : Grovemade


After a 45-60 min workout.


Intention can change. If you do not have a long-term vision, identify a short term one. My first goal was to use this habit to study for certification exams, but it’s when I lost intent that the practice wavered and complacency set in.