This month I challenged myself to write a blog post every day for 30 days. I knew that if I successfully completed this challenge there would be a lot of momentum built and lessons learned about myself. But truthfully, I ended up getting a lot more out of the month than I expected. These are my top takeaways—
I can commit!
When is the last time you looked back at a month and realized you hit “that thing” you said you were going to do, every, single day? It’s a pretty incredible feeling if you have experienced it before. Committing to writing every day has really helped me get over my perfectionist syndrome and realize that good quality every day is better than great quality put out inconsistently. Committing to something like this also has inspired me to see what other habits I can stick to for 30 days. It might be time to pick one off this list.
My writing improved (a lot).
I knew my writing would improve, but I wasn’t sure how exactly that would take form. Writing every day gave me very clear insight (and fairly quickly) into where exactly my writing needed improvement. Once that was identified, I was able to focus in on those specific areas to make writing gains. Another great perk of writing every day is the rapid development of “voice”. After about a week of writing consistently, I noticed myself developing and discovering a unique style and voice in my posts.
One daily action led to many more.
I didn’t have a single day off. Even during the holidays, I had to find a way to stay true to my commitment. Sitting down and writing my post for the day ended up being the catalyst for hitting other goals and tasks that I needed to get done. The hardest part is getting yourself to sit down and start working. Once that was out of the way, the workflow came easily.
Accountability is powerful.
The reason I was able to stick to this commitment so easily was because of the accountability factor. Everyone who knew me knew I was writing every day for the month. My group at Praxis was required to share their blog posts daily. There was no room for excuses, faking a post, or falling off the wagon. Next time I really want to stick to something for a specific amount of time, I plan on using some form of an accountability system to keep me on track.
I am a better thinker.
I didn’t expect myself to have any issues coming up with topics to write about. While I was right on that prediction, I did have trouble with something else. I often had many complex thoughts meshed into one giant stew in my head that somehow needed to arrange itself to fit into a well written, organized post. I had to learn how to organize my thoughts better and dissect the most key elements to form a story. This took work, but with daily, consistent action, I have a noticed a big difference in how I approach complex topics both in my own mind as well as on paper.
I think I love writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but writing can also be tedious work. Which is why I’ve never committed to writing so consistently before. Sitting down to write every day forced me to refine my process and learn how to be efficient on the days I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked. 30 days later and I can say that I have discovered true love and admiration for the power of words. It is one of the most therapeutic and rewarding actions I’ve been tasked with to date. I have plans to implement more writing into my life, and I have this challenge to thank for that.