So a few days a go I kicked off the 500 words per day challenge. The premise here is very simple;
- Write 500 words per day
- Don’t worry about editing just write
This post, actually forms part of this challenge. The thing is, since kicking off this challenge, writing has just seemed a whole lot easier. I’ve always had good intentions to contribute to my blogs, to write regularly and to just get started on a post, but I often find myself sidetracked or just find excuses, such as; “I’ll do it tomorrow”, “There isn’t enough time now”, “I’m a little too tired”. In reality these excuses were a load of cods wallop.
Making the decision to myself (this is important) and having the commitment to do the challenge has thrown me back into the ‘Just Get Started’ ethos and the task of creating these posts has been very straight forward. What has also be a huge factor is not worrying about what to write and thinking about whether it fits my audience or whether it will be of interest to people who visit the blogs. Instead I’m writing for myself and writing about whatever pops into my head during the day. Doing this, I feel has liberated me no end and has created some fairly decent pieces of reading material.
The Process of Not Worrying
So the process of not worrying is quite important here. It’s not really an active process, just the fact that I do other things throughout the day and when I get an idea for something to write, I just start doing it, straight away. I don’t really think about what I’m going to write, I just start typing based on a single idea and before I know it, I’m at the 500 words mark (200 more to go at this point!).
Boosting Productivity Elsewhere
The amazing thing with this challenge is that it’s boosted my productivity in other areas of business and life no end. I’ve been getting more accomplished with my business, I’ve been creating more content for my other main blog, my alter ego; Nostalgia Nerd – where I’ve committed to creating one video per week – and I’ve been getting more accomplished in and around the house. Given that writing is another item to do, and I’ve actually increased my work load, I find this amazing. I think this can be ascribed to a couple of different things;
- I’m enjoying the writing. It’s freeing up precious resources in my little mind, which would have otherwise been consumed with these words had I not extracted them onto paper
- Just sitting down and writing it throwing me into the Just Get Started mindset, so I can apply this to other challenges with the same ease as the writing
- Not worrying about what I’m writing has also had a knock on effect to other areas, so I’m not worrying about those as much – I’m just doing them, and therefore accomplishing a lot more
- Writing feels like it’s expanding the creative part of my mind, and keeping it active, which has a knock on effect elsewhere
Even though I’m doing more, I’m not feeling an increased level of tiredness, in fact I feel more awake. It may be that I am more tired, but if I am, then it’s a much better tired, than ending the day having done little, but having your mind packed with unleashed creativity.
So, if I could recommend one easy step for you to take today. Join the 500 word challenge and start writing now.
PS: This post took me less than 15 minutes to write. There’s no excuse. DO IT.
PPS: Excuse any grammatical errors or spelling errors in the post. I’m not supposed to edit, remember!?