Write Every Day
Episode: Write Every Day
If you want to form a habit, you do it every day- whether it’s brushing your teeth, going to the gym, etc. Something that’s less often thought of is forming a habit of writing every day, but it’s an incredibly valuable habit.
Like with any other habits, it’s better to do a little bit every day than a lot, infrequently. If you do that, it’s won’t become a habit, and you’ll fall out of practice quickly.
Who’s it for?
You don’t have to consider yourself a writer for this to be beneficial– though writing is a critical skill that we all could use to be a little better at. Doesn’t have to be about writing a novel- there are no rules about what you have to write about. You can write about what happened in your day, a problem you have at work, a dream you had the night before, or a goal you’re hoping to achieve. Whatever the topic, it’ll benefit you:
Writing for a set amount of time every morning can be beneficial for your daily routine: it’ll help wake up your brain, clear out stray thoughts, and get ideas flowing. I find it helps me be more focused during the day. Even just reflecting on events and feelings can help you understand your moods a little better- a practice like journaling right before bed is also helpful as a way to reflect on your day, and clear your mind before bed.
The most important thing is that you write a small amount every day, no matter what it is you’re writing. This is one place where you don’t need to censor yourself, edit or criticize your work as you go- just get any thoughts that come to mind down on paper. To help get a habit started, designate a set amount of time, at the same time every day that you’re committed to writing. If you need help staying motivated, try a program like this one that I’ve found helpful for myself:
750 Words website
It’s basically an online journal where you’re supposed to write 750 words a day. You can track your progress, and if you need some extrinsic motivation, earn points every time you reach the goal, and more for things like writing streaks. It’s a fun way to form the habit, and once you get used to it, you won’t even need the extra motivation.