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For more than a year, I had a goal to write 500 words a day.

It could be writing a blog post or contributing to the book I’m working on. And I was making great progress. Some days I felt like I was in the elusive flow state.

For months, 250Wordsaday was one of my passwords. Then I increased it to 500Wordsaday. I was routinely writing a lot more than that.

When I accomplished this, I checked it off on my Coach.me app. I was meeting my daily goals at a pretty big clip this summer.

But this fall, I fell hard off the goal. I taught three classes in addition to working a full time job. Life and death happened.

So I’m starting now with a resolution, before it’s a resolution.

Don’t call it a resolution. Call it a presolution. (Pre-resolution? Get it? ok sorry.)

Or just call it a habit.

My new goal is to hit publish, save or send on some work of writing every day. It could be a work in progress. 1 word or 10,000 words. A paragraph or a chapter. A freelance assignment or a blog post.

Seth Godin calls this the act of shipping. The point is you have something to show for yourself at the end of the day.

This has worked for me in the past on other non-writing habits. I ran every day for three years. I’ve been meditating for 481 days and counting.

Some days I ran 1 mile, and some days I ran 30. Some days I get a minute of meditation in, and some days I get 20.

There will be days I accomplish a lot, and days I barely fit anything in. But the point is I get in a habit so I don’t miss a day.

Then even on the lean days, I still meet my goal and keep the habit alive. And I do it again tomorrow.

Will you join me?

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