If you leave your guitar out on a stand…

…you’ll play it more often. You’ll get better at it. You’ll enjoy it more. My dad taught me this.

If you leave your computer on and accessible, you’ll write more often. You’ll also get on Facebook more often. If you set a strict limit to only get on Facebook on your phone and leave the computer for writing, you’ll write more without getting on Facebook, at least not on the computer.

I learned this extrapolating off the lesson from the guitar.

And there’s a lesson as well. If you pay attention, you can transfer knowledge and skills from one domain (guitar practice) to others (writing practice).

This is one of the biggest superfoods for thought: being able to spot a pattern in one domain, understand the general principle at work, and then reapply the lesson to a different domain.