On January 1, 2018 I started writing this blog with a specific goal in mind. The goal is to “write everyday and/or publish 300 posts”.
I phrased the goal in this way because “write everyday” isn’t a well-structured goal. While that is what I’m doing and it’s a habit I’m working to form, it doesn’t set me up for success. If, for whatever reason, I have to miss a day and can’t publish a post — I’ve failed and missed that goal for the year.
By saying “and/or publish 300 posts”, I give myself room to have days where life gets in the way. And should I miss that day, that’s okay. I’m still on pace for the 300 mark and the daily ritual of writing will get me there (and likely above it).
Today is the sixth day of this ritual and I’ve already found an interesting side effect. The more I write and publish, the more I have ideas for other things to write and publish.
I wrote in the initial post (of writing)…
“It allows me to offload the top-of-mind thoughts and make room for the interesting ones hiding below the surface.”
Not only has this proven true, but it feels phenomenal. I’m more energized and stimulated mentally. It’s having the desired effect, which only motivates me to keep it up.