What I’m doing: Today I will begin building a habit of writing. My goal is to write every day for 30 days. To hold myself accountable, I will be posting all of them to my blog. I have been working on personal growth and habit formation and made a lot of positive changes in my life, particularly in the last year. I think this writing challenge will be really beneficial for me because it’s that sweet spot of challenging yet achievable. So I think I’m at the perfect point in my life to start.
What do I hope to achieve? I’m looking to become more comfortable with writing. I’m hoping that this exercise will force me to address some of the limiting beliefs I hold in regards to my own abilities. It will also force me to post things that I might otherwise delay citing that I will ‘fix it later’ and inevitably never post.
As far as content goes: I’m not going to be too specific with what I’m going to write since I’ll be experimenting as I go. But I’ll probably be writing about mindset, habit formation, psychology, philosophy, complex systems, personal development, and really anything else I happen to be interested in that day.
How will I remind and motivate myself to follow through? I really enjoy doing these sort of challenges – I find them to be intrinsically motivating. At the very least, go through the motions and try. I can commit to doing this for the next 30 days. How? Because it’s simple. All I have to do is set aside 30 minutes each day and do my best. One of the biggest barriers to changing is starting. So having a system will force me to start.
Update: February 3, 2020: So far the challenge is going great and my plan from the previous paragraph has more or less worked. At first I had to specifically set aside 30 minutes to deliberate focus. But as I’ve continued the writing has been flowing a bit more naturally.