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.
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.
10 lessons from 100 days of meditation
Update 9/4/17: As of today, I’ve been meditating for 377 consecutive days. I still know nothing.
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?