The curse of compressing reality
Noah Lorang on Signal v. Noise:
Any creative endeavor is highly non-linear, but the sharing of it almost always skips a lot of the actual work that goes into it. That’s ok; a clear progression makes for a good story that’s easy to tell. But don’t judge your reality against someone else’s compressed work. It’s ok if it takes you a day to make a cutting board like one that someone made in six minutes on YouTube; the truth is it probably took them a day too.
It’s easy to look at all the awesome stuff on the internet and get depressed that you can’t do something well in a day or a weekend. Spending a couple hours doing parts of a project that are not glamorous is OK and to be expected.