Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Why do I write Blogs?

I write every single day and I think writing daily has allowed me to do it for a purpose.

None of this is to brag, but to show the kind of writing I do when I write daily.

The Benefits

Writing every day has helped me in so many ways. Just to name a few:

  • My writing skills have improved with the years.
  • I’m able to write faster, type faster, with so much practice.
  • I can clarify my thinking better because of writing regularly.
  • I’m able to think from the reader’s perspective, which helps me in lots of life situations.
  • I am forced to reflect on my life, which deepens my learning.
  • I am forced to figure out how to motivate myself to write regularly.
  • I learn to create a regular practice, as I do with meditation, exercise and eating healthily.
  • I learn to overcome perfection and put things out there to be judged, which helps me to embrace failure and messiness.
  • I learn to overcome distraction and procrastination.

There are many more benefits too, from embracing uncertainty to find a way to express the soul of my being. 

So how do you write daily? I’ll share a few ideas that work for me.

How to Write Daily

What works for you will be different than what I do, but I thought I’d share what has helped me:

  1. Most important: Have a great reason. The rest of this doesn’t matter if you skip this step. 
  2. Block off un distracted time. All you need is 10 minutes a day. But you have to block off those 10 minutes, and treat them as an unmissable appointment. 
  3. Don’t let yourself forget. What would you do if you absolutely couldn’t forget an appointment? 
  4. Do it in a sprint. Some people think they need to write for an hour or two to make it count. But a task that big will seem daunting. Instead, write for 5 minutes. Or 10. Something small and doable.
  5. Practice mindfulness. You can treat writing as a meditation — it’s a way to put everything aside but you and the writing, to let your thoughts become words on the page, to see your urges to run, the stories you’re telling yourself about yourself and your life. 
  6. Practice gratitude. As you practice mindfulness, notice the awesomeness of this moment of self-expression. 
  7. Embrace imperfection. Writing is about letting go of our ideals, and just doing anyway, even if we can’t have perfection. 
  8. Don’t let your mind run (for a little while). Your mind will want to run from the writing. This is normal. 

So that might seem like a lot, but in truth it’s pretty simple. Have a big reason, block off the time, set unforgettable reminders, do it in short bursts, and be mindful, grateful, and focused.

Practicing this on a daily basis helps you form some incredibly useful skills of staying with something and not running to distractions, learning to express yourself, sticking to a regular habit, and being mindful and grateful. These help in all areas of life, and I highly recommend you start today.

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Keep writing we wait to hear from you.

Keep writing.You have a reader who waits to read your reflection.