A couple of months ago a friend mentioned she’d started blogging and was using Seinfeld’s productivity tip of “don’t break the chain” to help her create a writing habit.
It’s simple – every year, in January, Seinfeld hangs a large year-at-a-glance calendar on his wall and for each day he writes he “X”s over that day. The thrill of keeping the chain of “X”s going helps to motivate him to write and it’s also pretty rewarding from a visual realization standpoint.
That conversation inspired me to write more often and ultimately the rebirth of this blog.
This week my friend posted her 100th consecutive entry which got me thinking… would I want to tackle a similar exercise? Well it turns out that in that same period, I’ve written on average every three or so days. I’ve had stints of posting every day and also of letting it slide nearly a week. But writing every day?
I figure its much like me my approach to running. I used to run everyday, I even ran a couple of marathons and then I realized that running had become a chore and that I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to. So I dialed back and also started running without a watch – I was already running without music – uninhibited I fell back in love with running and also got to do other sports, ultimately that led me to completing my first triathlon.
So no, I am not going to commit to writing every day. I am going to commit to writing as often as the urge hits. SPWho knows maybe it will lead me down a whole new path.Fr