In the Michael Connelly books, Detective Harry Bosch often talks about the importance of momentum when working a case. For example, in Nine Dragons Bosch notes:

A case had to move like a shark. It could never stop it’s momentum because that could be fatal.

I’ve also been thinking about momentum recently, and how it affects everything we do.

At work, I juggle a lot of things. I try to spend a little time every few days on each of the important things, just to keep a bit of momentum. If I don’t, the momentum stops, and it’s very hard to get things moving again.

At home, we’ve been doing a lot of work doing up our house since we moved in 3 years ago. We stopped working on it earlier this year as we focused on organising our wedding, and again it’s been very hard to get started again. Pictures aren’t being put up; scuffs not being repaired; driveway and garden looking increasingly neglected…

The same applies when exercising. If I have a running event to train for, I can run 3 or 4 times a week for months. If after the event I stop for a week or two, I find it very hard to get out running again.

I could go on, but you get the point. If you want to get something done, get started, then keep up the momentum.

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