Completed challenge of writing and publishing 30 Atomic Essays in 30 days.

One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days

This is the beginning of my challenge to publish 30 atomic essays in 30 days. I’ve decided to pay 50 USD to a stranger to commit myself to do what I haven’t been able to do on my own. Thanks, Internet.

I wrote daily for one year for a total of half a million words. Why? What did I write about? What have I learned in the process? I thought I should make a reflection on this important challenge. I’ve learned something. Mostly about myself. And I’ve also committed to leverage on the compound effect of writing daily. But if I don’t extract the essence of this herculean effort, this thing which made me suffering and proud, which made me stronger and more aware, then why would I have done it?

That’s the perfect place for “Shipping 30 Atomic Essays for 30 Days“. Writing, every day, for thirty days about what I have learned by writing for 365 days. Very meta, recursive, and fractal. But also very abstract and intangible until I won’t make sense about that experience.

Lessons learned

  1. The Journey is the Purpose (16 Nov 2020)
  2. Writing is Thinking (17 Nov 2020)
  3. Write a Lot to Write Well (18 Nov 2020)
  4. Creative Loneliness (19 Nov 2020)
  5. Be Less Ambitious, Be More Consistent (20 Nov 2020)
  6. Writing builds your networks (21 Nov 2020)
  7. Connect ideas now (22 Nov 2020)
  8. Writing improves your memory (23 Nov 2020)
  9. Writing makes you a better observer (24 Nov 2020)
  10. Writing sets the focus on yourself (25 Nov 2020)
  11. Dissolve your distractions (26 Nov 2020)
  12. Writing reduces your jargon and slang (27 Nov 2020)
  13. Walking generates ideas (28 Nov 2020)
  14. Writing is like drinking coffee (29 Nov 2020)
  15. Creativity makes you happy (30 Nov 2020)
  16. Be smart, let it go (1 Dec 2020)
  17. Writing is a process (2 Dec 2020)
  18. Automate repetitive tasks (3 Dec 2020)
  19. Publish text as digital text, not images (4 Dec 2020)
  20. Why asking questions? (5 Dec 2020)
  21. Facilitate growth by tracking habits (6 Dec 2020)
  22. Type more, type faster, type better (7 Dec 2020)
  23. Transcribe your thoughts to become an effective communicator (8 Dec 2020)
  24. Write daily to become a better manager (9 Dec 2020)
  25. Do it small to do it better (10 Dec 2020)
  26. Don’t lose your mind. Back it up (11 Dec 2020)
  27. Write daily to enhance your reality (12 Dec 2020)
  28. If only I could be ten, again (13 Dec 2020)
  29. Writing compounds despite everything (14 Dec 2020)
  30. The habit of building habits (15 Dec 2020)

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Completed challenge of writing and publishing 30 Atomic Essays in 30 days.
Completed challenge of writing and publishing 30 Atomic Essays in 30 days.

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