There is a documentary that I love love love called Home Movie. It follows five super weird homes and the (super weird) people that live in them. They are all interesting, but I especially enjoyed Bill Tregle, this southern “alligator rancher” living on a houseboat in Louisiana.
Some scenes make him seem like a kinda modern folksy cajun philosopher with quotes like:
I’m figuring on living to be about 150. When I was a young kid I can remember seem like people only lived to be about 60 or 70. 80 was old. Today you got people living over 100. So by the time I get close to 100 people will be living to 150 I figure.
Houseboat no deck like pancakes no syrup.
Another of my favorites from the film is the title of this post, from Bill’s dad:
You’ll be surprised how much you will do in a day if you sit and do it.
It’s a little hard to find copies of this movie (or to stream it), so I’ve attempted to rip a little chunk of it myself. This is the bit that has that quote:
It stuck with me because of how commonly I find people ask about productivity advice. “How do they do it all?” people unceasingly want to know. The answer is never satisfying. Nobody actually has any magic tricks. Nobody slows down time. They do work and work gets done, whether it’s marinating alligator heads or building websites. You’ll be surprised how much you will do in a day if you sit and do it.
Some of the best advice I’ve heard and something that I point every person who asks ‘How did you learn how to X?’ is to just build websites.
Obelix is that you?
Absolutely agree. We hear the question all the time on ShopTalk, and the answer is always the same.
Just build websites!
That’s the Chris we know and love!
I like it…went right into my quotes database! Funny how sometimes the things said by “ordinary” folks like Papa Tregle get right to the point without all the new-age, PhD, etc. mumbo-jumbo. And thanks, Chris. Not only for this, but for all the stuff I’ve been learning from you over the last few months through your site and YT vids.
Procrastination will get you no where in life, you see average folk making money over smart people because they are relentless and have drive – that’s the most important thing in life.
Reminds me of Ewan McGregors advice of how to stop smoking:
WOW, thanks Chris, sometimes i wonder when i’ll be able to finally finish my personal blog redesign or write a new article, Well my best guess is tonight Home.
I come too often to your website. From CSS and JS tricks to advices. Best advice ever! Just sit f**** down and do it. No distractions! Thanks, Chris.
Procrastination is of course the driving force behind UX design, because users will procrastinate over everything.
It’s all very well doing it in a day as long as you do it right, otherwise you might spend the following week repairing what you did today.
This is great and I can confirm. I commute about 2 hours a day by train. During those 2 hours I work on my laptop coding websites.
2 hours does not sound like much but I can produce a ton of code because there is zero distractions – no boss no wife no kids. I’ve created whole websites on that train in record times.
I LOVE that movie. Even better than COVEN! #americanmovie
The Tomorrowland guy is amazing.