One embarrassingly small commit at a time

jasonleow  •  17 Nov 2023   •    

Been crazy busy, with Black Friday coming up.

Because of that, the development of Lists Kit had stalled. It’s not progressing as fast as I want. By right it should be in beta phase now. But I’m not ready. There’s still a bunch of features to add:

  • Coloured border filter buttons
  • CTA centered section
  • Image left text right section
  • Image right text left section
  • Static testimonial section
  • Form section (using Formspark/Formspree)
  • AND filters
  • SaaS dark theme
  • Job board theme

But one helpful thing that I’ve been doing—alongside @drodol with his DfE project—was to commit to making at least one commit a day to our code in Github. Just one. It doesn’t have to be a huge feature commit. It can even be minor copywriting changes. Change the font size for a header. Switch the color of a button. It can be a small tweak.

Just one embarrassingly small commit at a time.

Because the showing up really makes a difference.

Sometimes a small tweak leads to 2-3 more commits. Just showing up can bring on more progress, incidentally.

Sometimes making one change here made me discover a bug there, elsewhere on the site. Or gives me new ideas.

And even though progress is incremental, being able to see small changes on a daily basis is great for motivation! It feels great to see your product slowly morphing into what you envision it to be.

Non-zero days is how you can fill up a lake with pebbles.


I would remove the “embarrassingly small” part. One commit at a time. That’s it. Even if it’s small one, 1 > 0.

drodol  •  18 Nov 2023, 6:57 pm

Haha yeah it’s self-deprecative but I kinda like how it authentically reflect my feelings of insecurity/anxiety about it.

jasonleow  •  20 Nov 2023, 4:08 am

Good that you’ve identified that :)

drodol  •  20 Nov 2023, 8:11 am

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