“To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals–this alone is worth the struggle.” –William Penn
Writing is a huge part of my life.
Whether it’s writing life advice like I am now or copywriting to help a business’ product appeal more to potential customers you can see me writing away.
You know what though? Writing is something that you have to do A LOT if you want to become better. That is true for most things.
That is exactly why I wanted to make it a point to write on a daily basis. Writing in a journal, Microsoft Word, or anything to get my writing muscle pumping was important to me and I knew it was a habit that would be incredibly beneficial to me.
My motivation to write every day is stronger than ever before. In fact, I’ve written for at least 30 minutes on a daily basis for over a month now.
Whoa! That is a lot of progress and more importantly, writing is now a habit! Keep in mind that there were times I went weeks at a time without writing a single word (Skype and texting do not count.)
How did I form the habit? Easy. I took a little inspiration from Jerry Seinfeld who uses a similar method to forming a habit of writing jokes every day.
Buy a huge whiteboard. Get to the nearest store that sells whiteboards and buy the biggest one you can. Install it in your room or somewhere that you will see EVERY DAY. Make sure it’s something that you will not be able to miss or ignore.
If you’re not a whiteboard person, you can just buy a calendar. But that’s not as fun.
Write out the days of each month for the next 6 months. Get a marker and start writing out the days one by one for the next 6 months. June 1, 2, 3, and so on all the way until whenever.
Now what you do is every day you perform the task of the habit you’re trying to learn, you get to cross out that day with a nice huge X with a bright red marker.
The idea is that you’re going to see that beautiful chain of X’s after a week or so of doing it and you’re not going to want to disrupt the chain by missing a day.
It’s such a simple solution, but it seriously works the moment I tried it. I have yet to miss a single day because of this.
There have been several days where it’d be 11pm at night and I haven’t written. I look at my whiteboard and think to myself “Oh no! I have to produce!”