Writing every day for 365 days, I’ve learned the indirect benefits of building a daily writing habit.
You might feel inadequate at writing. You feel a failure when you’re skipping a day. You might write so bad you think you’re not worth it. You might discover your writing to be unoriginal, repetitive, boring, flat, dull. You might feel you write about senseless topics: “who’s going to read this crap, anyway”? You might feel days, weeks, and years pass by without a breakthrough. You put the “reps” in, but where is the improvement?
Your writing compounds despite all of the odds, the demotivation, and the perception of useless efforts.
You change your attitudes, your skills, your communication capabilities, your stamina, your patience, your observation, your perception. Slowly, bit by bit, each time you transcribe your thoughts, you are making progress, willing or not, either if you feel successful or better if you feel like a failure, especially if you can learn from your mistakes.
It’s difficult to perceive the growth of a tree. As Bruno Munari would say: “a tree is the incredibly slow explosion of a seed.”
Write every day. Regardless of successes and failures, you will grow, day in, day out.
This is Essay 29 of 30 in my challenge One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days
- The Journey is the Purpose (16 Nov 2020)
- Writing is Thinking (17 Nov 2020)
- Write a Lot to Write Well (18 Nov 2020)
- Creative Loneliness (19 Nov 2020)
- Be Less Ambitious, Be More Consistent (20 Nov 2020)
- Writing builds your networks (21 Nov 2020)
- Connect ideas now (22 Nov 2020)
- Writing improves your memory (23 Nov 2020)
- Writing makes you a better observer (24 Nov 2020)
- Writing sets the focus on yourself (25 Nov 2020)
- Dissolve your distractions (26 Nov 2020)
- Writing reduces your jargon and slang (27 Nov 2020)
- Walking generates ideas (28 Nov 2020)
- Writing is like drinking coffee (29 Nov 2020)
- Creativity makes you happy (30 Nov 2020)
- Be smart, let it go (1 Dec 2020)
- Writing is a process (2 Dec 2020)
- Automate repetitive tasks (3 Dec 2020)
- Publish text as digital text, not images (4 Dec 2020)
- Why asking questions? (5 Dec 2020)
- Facilitate growth by tracking habits (6 Dec 2020)
- Type more, type faster, type better (7 Dec 2020)
- Transcribe your thoughts to become an effective communicator (8 Dec 2020)
- Write daily to become a better manager (9 Dec 2020)
- Do it small to do it better (10 Dec 2020)
- Don’t lose your mind. Back it up (11 Dec 2020)
- Write daily to enhance your reality (12 Dec 2020)
- If only I could be ten, again (13 Dec 2020)
- Writing compounds despite everything (14 Dec 2020)
- The habit of building habits (15 Dec 2020)