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Track What You Want To Change

Are there habits or behaviors you want to change in your life? Then you need to keep track of these habits on a daily basis so you are equipped to change.

I have recently become aware of some habits and behaviors that I really need to change. I want to live a life that is free and successful and I want to live my best and most winning life possible. These particular habits and behaviors are not serving me well and not contributing to my best life and   knew I had to get back on track.

Here are the three main habits I need to change:

Time Management

I start out each day with my To Do list and the best intentions to get things done and to not fall behind on various projects. And then come the end of the day I wonder where the time went and how in the world was there still items on my To Do List. I didn’t lounge all day after all. Or did I? It sure did feel busy. If the day felt busy then how in the world did so much time get past me without actually getting much done? Something needed to change with my time management if I wanted to move forward in my life and business.

Housework

I am not a very tidy person by nature. There, I said it. My house is often way more cluttered and disorganized than I would ever want to admit. I hate to say it but this has even affected my desire to be more hospitable with friends and neighbors.

I often make an effort to keep the house clean and it will last for about a week. The house looks great during that week. I am happy. My husband is happy. Even the son and dog are happy with the fresher, less cluttered, and more peaceful environment. Then “life happens” and I fall behind on the housework. As I fall behind I become less motivated to get the work done and time marches on without me doing any kind of housework.

I don’t like to admit it but it’s true and something had to change. An orderly house may not come naturally to me and my personality but it is definitely a skill I can learn and implement.

Food

It’s funny how, despite the best intentions, food that does not serve me well sneaks into my daily habits without me even noticing. It can be so sneaky and it all adds up and affects how I feel. How about you?

(Note: This is not about weight loss. This is about vitality and health.)

I have been tired throughout the day. I haven’t been recovering from my runs quite as I would like. And I’ve felt heavy all the time instead of feeling light and healthy.

I knew I needed to change things up and figure out how to get life-giving food back into my daily routine.

I had three main areas I knew I needed to change in order to live my best life moving forward but how in the world could I change these things?

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I knew that in order to make successful and long-lasting changes I needed to start tracking each of these areas so I could have a firm grasp on where I am now and how to improve in the future.

Why Track? 3 Reasons.

Tracking gives you a reason for a change.

Tracking forces you to become aware of the bad habits in your life. By keeping a log of what you are doing each day it forces you to bring that behavior into the forefront of your mind. In so doing, you naturally change slowly over time for the good.

Tracking also gives you a baseline for change.

The first week of tracking may look bad but now you know where you are and where you need to go.

Tracking gives you a record of change.

You can look back over your log and see how far you have come and be encouraged that you are moving in the right direction. And you can look at your tracking log and analyze it in order to tweak it and continue to make positive changes.

Are there habits or behaviors you want to change in your life? Then you need to keep track of these habits on a daily basis so you are equipped to change.

How Did I Track My Changes?

Time Management:

I started using the app called aTimeLogger (Android & iPhone) to get a feel for how I am spending my time each day. It took some time to get used to using the app but it sure did give me a clear picture of how I am spending my time each day. Success in tracking my time was dependent on me being brutally honest with my tracking and since I wanted to make a positive change I was willing to be just that, brutally honest.

Now this app keeps me accountable for my time. I want to see my time well spent when I look back over my day through the reports and that motivates me to make good choices.

Housework:

I have already said that I am not a natural housekeeper. It is just the truth. But, I can follow a checklist like a champ. I learned the key to keeping a clean house is to step out of the way and let someone else tell me what to do. I can do what I’m told. I joined the Motivated Moms website for their housecleaning checklists. These lists are simple and straight to the point and each day takes less than an hour to complete if focused.

A checklist and schedule is fine and dandy but how do I ensure I am actually getting the work done?

I use the HabitBull app (Android) to help me keep track of the habit. I’m sure you’ve seen all those colorful habit trackers that bullet journalers create. This is the same but on my phone. HabitBull makes it fun to challenge myself to “not break the line!” and keep tracking that I did my chores each day. I find the line very motivating because ending the line would make me sad.

I also use HabitBull to track my writing each day, whether or not I did the time tracker that day, and also if I logged my meals (see below). IF there is a break in the line I can ask myself why that happened and decide if it is something I can improve on later on. Without tracking I would not have that information.

Food:

I have learned that if I make tracking complicated I will not do it. That is why I generally stay away from apps like My Fitness Pal for tracking meals. It works for many, many people and is a solid app.

I choose to track my food through photographs on the Meal Logger app. I just take a picture of whatever I’m eating and plug them in the app. I don’t track anything beyond that. No calories or macros.

Tracking my food through photographs helps me look back over my day and decide if I made good choices or not and how I can improve. I couldn’t do that if I didn’t have the information in the first place. The unexpected benefit of tracking my meals with pictures is I sometimes ask myself if I want to take the picture and if not, I don’t eat the food. That usually happens around foods that would not benefit me in the first place so it works out well.

Tracking areas you want to change is so simple to do if you let it be. It is such a powerful tool for total life change.

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My personality is very much that of a free spirit. I am far more flighty and imaginative and creative than I am organized and purposeful. I naturally stray away from charts and spreadsheets and any kind of tracking. That does not mean I can’t see the benefits of tracking and charts, however. When I step out of the way of myself I see and experience the benefits of learning and implementing skills that are proven to work.

What could you be tracking and changing today?

 

 

 

 

Are there habits or behaviors you want to change in your life? Then you need to keep track of these habits on a daily basis so you are equipped to change.

 

Are there habits or behaviors you want to change in your life? Then you need to keep track of these habits on a daily basis so you are equipped to change.
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Successful Blogging Is Built On Habits

What does it really take to run a successful blog? There is a ton of things that come into play but it all boils down to one thing: Habits

Looking out into the blogging world I see a wide range of blogs.

I see blogs that were started and forgotten a long time ago and blogs that run in fits and starts with a good bit of apologizing from the blogger saying life got in the way. I see blogs that are steady and run well in the background but not necessarily considered big and then I see blogs that obviously carry a large readership and with that a nice income for the blogger.

When I was starting this blog I asked myself where I ultimately wanted to go with this creation of mine.

Did I want to start it and then eventually let it die like the three other blogs I’ve started in the past? Did I want to have space for my thoughts with no goal for readership or income? Or, did I want to build a blog and ultimately, a business?

I concluded that the last thing I wanted was for another blog to become victim to the internet cobwebs. Yes, I wanted to build a blog and a business and I wanted to build a platform for my writing. Writing is my happy place and the dream of my heart.

So, I want to build a blog, a business, and a platform? How am I going to do that?

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I looked around and studied the bigger and successful blogs that are similar in niche to my own. I looked into what those bloggers and writers did that I was not.

Habits.

I read countless articles on productivity, mindset, and daily living of these successful bloggers. While each one is as different as their blogs I see that each and every one has habits in place that are rock solid.

Looking back to my previous blogs I can see that there were absolutely no habits whatsoever in place. I lived in the misconception that I could run my blog purely on inspiration and I was never writing on a consistent basis. I became the blogger who would go months or even a year between posts and I would start the new post with “Hey everyone! I’m so sorry it has been X months since I last wrote. Life has been so crazy lately.”

I got so frustrated with my blogs and then I got frustrated with my writing. How in the world were these people managing to be successful when I couldn’t get anything right? What was I missing?

A Successful Blog is Built on Habits and those habits are developed consistently over time.

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You can do a simple search and learn what habits other bloggers are building their blogs on. I invite you to do that and be inspired.

Here is a peek into my habits on which I am building my blog.

What does it really take to run a successful blog? There is a ton of things that come into play but it all boils down to one thing: Habits

Daily Writing

I write every day for at least an hour or until I have written at least 1000 words. This is non-negotiable. This is not based on inspiration or motivation. Writing will be done every day with the exception of our Sabbath/ Family Day

My daily writing consists of a combination of personal journaling and material for the blog. I write in one monthly Word Document so the personal journaling and blog material blend together. I find that often times personal journaling turns into good material for the blog and I pull my posts from there.

The key here, though, is that I am writing every single day and that provides ample material. Rarely do I groan because I have nothing to post on the blog. Why? Because it has already been written through the daily habit of writing.

Time Management

I block off time for certain tasks throughout the day. And I am strict with those time slots. IF I am not done with a task when my time is up I still move on to the next task and make a note of where I left off. I will take care of the previous task tomorrow.

For example, I allow for one hour to be spent on social media engagement. I do this to prevent me from going down all the bunny trails social media creates. In the past, it was not uncommon for me to spend three or more hours on social media marketing of my blog because I was allowing myself to be distracted.

I set a timer and because I know that time is ticking I am focused and I get it done. The awesome thing is that I find that my quality of engagement is higher when I am strict with my time.

There are time slots for blog tasks, house tasks, family tasks, and self-care (exercise, etc.)

If I am loose on the time management everything blends into everything else and ultimately nothing actually gets done.I am able to get far more done and allow for more space in my brain for creativity.

Education

I set aside time each week for continuing education.

How in the world could I ever expect my blog or writing to improve and grow if I did not set aside time to learn more?

This education can be reading ebooks, leadership books, going through blogging e-courses, or watching webinars or videos.

Just like everything I mentioned above, my education time is an appointment in my calendar. I keep that appointment like I would a doctor’s appointment. It is that important.

Here is a key point. While I am educating myself I am also making a point to implement what I am learning. IT’s one thing to absorb information. It’s another thing to absorb information and then do something with it.

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Keeping Systems

It has taken me some time to create my own systems but it has happened and I am so thankful.

In time past I would be rather willy nilly about how I created posts for my blog. Because I had nothing concrete to follow it was way too easy to forget things. This lack of organization really affected the quality of the whole blog experience.

I learned that successful bloggers run their blogs like a business and running a good business means having systems in place.

I have chosen create my systems in Trello. Within Trello I have created checklists with everything that needs to be done each day and each week to keep the blog running smoothly. For example, I have checklists for each blog post and I don’t hit Schedule until every item in that list has been checked. The checklists are my accountability.

This system keeps me on top of things and I don’t forget anything. And since I am often working on more than one post at a time I know exactly what needs to be done for each one before it goes live.

Boundaries

One thing that makes blogging or writing unattractive is how all-consuming it can be. If you are not mindful of yourself blogging can completely take over your life to the point that you are working on it or at least thinking about it all day and all night.

While it is hard to figure out sometimes, boundaries are so important in a work-from-home gig like blogging. There are no natural boundaries in place because you live in the same space as your work.

These boundaries keep my work in its proper place so that I can be fully me.

If I allow blogging to take over my life then the very essence of my writing is lost and so is my effectiveness. Keep Boundaries. Click To Tweet

When the block for family time arrives, there is a hard stop on blogging and writing. The family is always the first priority. Blogging can wait if needed.

Keeping these boundaries also allows me to focus on my two favorite types of self-care: Reading and Running. If I can’t read or go for a run several times a week then slowly die on the inside and lose all productivity. It is for the best for my family, my blog and writing, and myself to keep good boundaries and maintain a great work-life balance.

What kind of habits do you have in place to help your blog be successful?


 

 
 

What does it really take to run a successful blog? There is a ton of things that come into play but it all boils down to one thing: Habits
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In Praise of Stillness

When I first started writing this post I started to entitle it, “In Praise of Slow,” but then I remembered that title was already taken. I remembered where I saw that title was from an extremely good TED talk by Carl Honore. You can see that TED talk over here and I highly recommend that you do. He discusses how the US and the rest of the world are joining “The Cult of Speed” and he invites all of us to slow down our lives.

I am finding this to be very true in my own life.

For a long time, I found that I judged my own value and worth by how busy I stayed. It could be busy at home, busy at work, busy at school, or busy at church. I wanted to be more and more and more busy to fill my time. I thought to be successful was to have every minute accounted for and then figuring out how to fit even more into that space.

And then I came to a jarring realization.

I was seeking ‘busy’ because slowing down would require I think and ponder and consider. Listening would require I go places in my mind and heart that I’ve closed up for a very long time. I didn’t want to go there. Who really wants to go there? I stayed busy so I wouldn’t have to ask myself the hard questions.

Over the last year or so I have been finding myself going in the opposite direction. Instead of seeking busy, I am seeking stillness.

I do the same things that I used to do. I still keep the house the same and run our homeschool like I always did. Exercise is on daily docket and my work projects are growing. But, the difference is that I am not rushing from one the thing to the next. There are checklists and goals aplenty but I consider my time and my effort a lot more closely. I don’t jump on opportunities to fill my time. I pray and consider my family before I commit.

I should pause for a moment to explain the difference between “good stillness (or slowness)” and “bad stillness.”

I believe it is because of the “bad stillness” that people, including me, find it hard to slow down. We think that slowing down means being lazy and non-productive. There is a good reason for that but it doesn’t have to be true. You can, indeed, slow down and be just as productive and dare I say, more productive than before. That is the “good stillness” and slowness.

About three years ago, my family moved to a new city.

It was a good but jarring move. We moved from the country to a major metropolitan area and we moved knowing only one other family. Throw in homeschooling and you get a recipe for a lot of stillness. Yes, we were all intentional about getting out there, meeting new people, and getting involved. It just takes time to find your tribe.

Unfortunately, I did not embrace the gift of stillness as much right after that move. I felt unproductive and lazy and longed to be plugged in and busy. Honestly, I was running away from my own thoughts. I was seeking distraction.

This is where to story changes.

I was seeking distraction that did not come fast enough. That forced me to do the soul work that so desperately needed to be done. It was done kicking and screaming but it was done nonetheless.

And then the unexpected happened.

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I learned I shouldn’t jump on opportunities because they are there but I should prayerfully consider how my time can be best used. It was being able to strategically choose activities that made all the difference.

I can give a much better “YES” that is not tired but willing, able, and excited.

Where do I say YES?

Reading

In my busy time, I rarely sat down to read. I wouldn’t even slow down enough to enjoy a lighthearted novel.

Now I seek out a time of reading every day and I attempt to vary my reading with fiction, non-fiction, leadership, and self-development books. If I don’t take my reading time each day then I know that something needs to give in my schedule. I need my reading time for growth and stillness.

 Running – Marathon

Believe it or not, running is very much a part of my dedication to stillness. While I am not physically still, I have found that running calms my mind. And when I have a calm mind I can allow space for the big, fun, and perhaps even, scary thoughts to grow. Since I am training for a marathon I have plenty of time to think those thoughts and to listen to audiobooks.

Service At Church

Serving at church is non-negotiable. By giving my better YES to my church I am giving back to those who have loved and supported me and helped me to grow in my walk with my Savior.

Homeschool Tutoring

Because I am not running around like crazy I am able to say YES to being a tutor in my son’s homeschool group. I am able to pour myself even more into my son’s education all while pouring into other kids as well. And I get an education right alongside them as well.

Son’s Activities

Finally, I am able to be available for my son and his activities. I was available when I was going full force after busy but with the focus on stillness, I am can be fully available. Being available in mind and in the body allows engagement and involvement instead of merely chauffering around to all the numerous activities. 

Over the last year, I have learned that stillness is really just a state of mind.

It is not necessarily literally being still and quiet all the time. While being still and quiet is pretty awesome at times, this state of mind means being intentional about your activities. I may look busy from the outside but my mind is still because everything is well considered first. Gone are the days of busy.

How do you seek stillness in your life?

 

 

 
 

 

 

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Leaders Are Readers: Reading Again in 2017

 

Back in December of 2016, I knew there had to be more that I could do to improve my life. What was I missing in my daily routine that I could start now and would have a tangible effect on my life?

I was reminded that the average Millionaire reads for self-development every day. They read at least one non-fiction book a month and oftentimes, more than one. Fiction reading has its time and place for sure. It has even been shown that regular reading of novels and such helps to build empathy and improve how we relate to others.  But, it is still the self-improvement books that take center stage. Books with topics such as self-help, history, biographies, mental training, leadership, and science are the ones that get the millionaire’s attention most of the time.

That got me thinking. 

What do you do when you want to change your life?

Find people you want to be like and do what they do.

Easy, right?

Well, it is easy when you remain coach-able and follow directions….one step at a time.

I knew that I needed to get back into the daily habit of reading.

 
 


 

 

There was a time when I was an avid reader growing up but, unfortunately, it fell by the wayside once I became a mom. Reading with my son was the most reading I got during that season. 

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As is the case for any habit, I knew for the habit to stick I couldn’t go crazy with huge goals. It had to be attainable and capable of easy growth. Otherwise, I would burn out by the end of January. 

I set the goal to read twelve books in 2017.

My goal for 2017 was to just get into the habit of daily reading. It didn’t matter what I was reading. I figured I could be more strategic in book choices once I was back in the habit of reading. My goal was to just turn the TV or phone off for a few minutes a day and choose a book instead. 

I am happy to report that, at the time of this writing, I have read TWENTY books in 2017. There will most likely be one or two mushed in there before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

I used the Goodreads App to track what books I was reading, to review the books I finished, and to keep a running “To Be Read” list. It really helped me keep a running list of books that were recommended to me in one space. 

Goodreads is also a social network for readers so you can keep up with your reader friends and what they currently reading. It’s great because I can peruse their reading lists and click “Want to Read” whenever something piques my interest. You can find MY profile HERE!

Oh, so you want to know WHAT I read this year?

OKAY! Here’s the list… so far!

(FYI…these are affiliate links to Amazon and I will gain a small commission if you click through and buy anything on Amazon.)

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Silence: A Novel by Shusaku Endo

Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide To Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Celebration of Discipline: The Path To Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith by Ann Spangler

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

The Underground Railroad: by Colson Whitehead (PULITZER PRIZE WINNER!)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit by Seth Godin

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

You are a Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) by Hal Elrod

I set a goal in 2017 to read 12 books. I read 20 books….so far. That is a goal smashed!!  

I plan to make 2018 even more amazing. I am setting my reading goal to be 30 books. At least half of those books will be non-fiction books.

How about you? 

How many books have you read this year? 

What kind of books did you read? 

 

Happy Reading!!

 
 


 

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Invest In Yourself with Coaching

Do you remember graduating from school?

Were you like me and thought, “YES!!!  I am NEVER going back to school and I am NEVER going to read another non-fiction book AGAIN. It’s all novels from here on out”?

In all truth, I went for a long time without even opening up any books.

I was absolutely DONE with school, and books, and tests, and deadlines.

I had gone nonstop through school for about twenty years. That is preschool through a Masters Graduate Degree.

Little did I know that life is full of learning and tests and deadlines.  It just looks different.

And little did I know that it is the most successful people who never stop studying and learning.

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There came a time when I knew that there were some things that just weren’t working in my life. I needed help!!!

I went looking for that help. And what I found was that the people I want to be like are the ones who never stop learning. They never stop reading, nor do they ever stop seeking coaching.

I learned that the average Millionaire reads at least one non-fiction book a month and the average Billionaire reads double that or more.

I knew that the current path I was on wasn’t working and I needed to do something different.

What if I looked to the people I want to be like and do what they do?

And when I looked, I saw people who are avid readers and people who invest in themselves through coaching.

Simple, right? Yes, actually, it is.

The first step I took was that I committed to going back to my childhood prolific reading ways. I turned off the TV and started reading again. I started with novels to get the habit of reading warmed up and then I started going back and forth between fiction and non-fiction.

Reading has become a welcome reprieve in my day when it was once an assignment I resented.

Then I started going deeper into coaching.

I try to set aside one hour a day to learning and coaching.

 
 


 

Coaching can look like a number of things.

I often listen to audios or watch videos of my personal coach, Dani Johnson.  I have a number of courses and ebooks I am working through on writing and blogging. And I have a growing stack of leadership books I am working through.

It seems like a lot and, I guess, it is. But, one hour a day is doable.

 I’m worth it.  My future is worth it.

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Since I started doing this one simple task each day, the path I was on has changed and is now going in a much better direction.

Do YOU invest in yourself through reading and coaching? Do you want to get started?

If so, I have a present for you.

I have created a printable to make YOUR daily coaching sessions even better. Print it out, take notes, and make an action plan.

I know you have goals. Get to work and make them happen.

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How I Write 1000 Words A Day: 6 Habits

The most common reaction I get when I say that I write 1000 words a day no matter the day is that of shock and “there is no way I could do that.”

I will tell you that it is HARD a lot of the time but the reward is so worth the effort. From helping me process all my thoughts and emotions to providing fodder for this blog makes prioritizing writing each day so worth it.

Now, getting 1000 words out each day can be a real struggle. My natural state is to be like a squirrel and chase after the next shiny thing.There is always something more fun or exciting out there. 

So, how in the world do I stay focused enough to get 1000 words out each day?

Let me share the habits that work pretty well for me. I hope adopting these habits can help YOU start writing 1000 words a day too.

 

NO SOCIAL MEDIA

In order for this to happen each day I have to turn off all social media.

It actually goes further than that. The only window open on my computer is my Word document where I write everything.

If anything else is open, the squirrel in me yearns to click over (like right now, I’m having to resist opening up CHROME) and see what’s happening on the news, weather, movies, friends on FB, blogging groups, Pinterest, email, etc. etc. etc.

I could easily lose an hour if I allow myself to click over and go down any rabbit holes.

All other windows, but especially social media (the worst culprit), must stay closed until this writing is done completely.

Then, when the writing is done, I can get my hits of social media or whatever peaks my interesting before I move on to the next task.

 

TURN PHONE OVER & ON SILENT

I keep my phone on the desk with me for most of the day.

The phone can be just as distracting as social media.

Why?

Because of all those random blinky lights that happen with notifications. If I see a blinky light notification, I just HAVE to check what it is notifying me about. A text, a Google hangout, a Facebook notification, a ReTweet, a new deal on Amazon, or a big on eBay. All of these notifications will send me into the trees with the squirrels just as quickly as social media on the laptop.

I also turn the phone on silent. Those notifications have beeps that will get me climbing to worlds unknown just like the lights will.

The phone is turned over and silent when I’m writing.

And on days when I’m feeling especially squirrely I will put the phone on the filing cabinet behind me so I can’t even see it.

 

 

 

 

Music for Concentration

I am often wearing my headphones while I’m working and listening to a wide repertoire of music. I work better with some good music on than I do in silence. It helps quiet all the miscellaneous thoughts.

For my 1000 words a day time, though, I listen to a particular station on Spotify called MUSIC FOR CONCENTRATION.

This music on this station is absolutely perfect for focusing on the task at hand. I can zone out and just write while I’m listening to it. I can’t tell you how it works but it really is easier to concentrate and pound out a ton of words quickly.

Do It First

I schedule my writing time as the first thing I do each day when I sit down at the computer.  Morning is my freshest time and it is far easier to be creative.

Writing my 1000 words a day is one of my non-negotiables when it comes to this blog. I started this whole crazy idea because I am a writer and a writer gotta write.

At the start of building this blog, I found myself getting caught up in the technical details of setting up a blog. There were some days I totally forgot to write.  I wasn’t being true to myself or being authentic with you.

So, I recommitted to the 1000 words a day no matter what. If that is the only thing I get done on the blog that day, I am okay with that.

The main purpose of a writer is to write. Period. Full Stop. Click To Tweet

 I put the most important thing at the start of the day. I write my 1000 words every morning before I do any marketing, blog building, skill building, homemaking, or whatever.

 

NO EDITING

I don’t edit the document when I’m writing.

UGH!  I know. It is so dang hard for the Grammar Police.

The point of writing 1000 words a day is to get the words out. It is not to create publishable material.

The publishable material comes later when I do the editing and formatting.

This daily exercise is to just let the ideas flow out of your fingers. That’s it. There are no paragraphs that make sense. Most of the time it is stream of consciousness and would make zero sense to anyone else who read it.

Yes, the little squiggly lines that keep popping up in Word drive me nuts but if I corrected every squiggly red line would never get this stuff out. And trying to perfect it as I’m going totally kills the creative process.

 

DON’T GET UP TILL IT’S DONE

Finally, you don’t get up from your desk until the 1000 words are written.

Most of the day I use a timer to help me take breaks.

But, when I’m writing my 1000 words a day I don’t get up until it is done. That gives me more motivation to get it done because my butt is starting to hurt after awhile.

Committing to not get up during your daily writing ritual means that you are placing it at a very high priority.

Give these habits a try and let me know how your daily writing is going!!!!

 

 

 

It takes good habits to ensure I am able to write 1000 words a day. Here are the top 6 habits.
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Introducing the 1000 Words A Day Writing Challenge

Write 1000 Words a Day.

I remember reading those words and how they stuck in my brain.

At the time, I had so much inside of me that needed to be processed and come out. But, there was a block in my mind.

I just couldn’t write anything down!!

Then I saw it again. “Write 1000 Words A Day.” 

 It doesn’t matter what you write or how well you write, just write 1000 words a day. 

I started implementing that habit in my daily routine and the results have been unbelievable. 

You can read more about how I came about this habit in my post “How Writing 1000 Words A Day Changed My Life…Too.”

Since I have been writing 1000 words a day I have processed and released so much pain and hurt from my past AND I have launched my writing career.

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That’s why I am always talking about it. I share with fellow writers and bloggers. And I share it with people who have a ton of stuff that needs to be processed and spit out. Don’t we all need to do that??

And I share it with people who have a ton of stuff that needs to be processed and brought to the surface. Don’t we all need to do that??

Does writing 1000 words a day sound exactly like what you need to jump-start your writing? 

It doesn’t have to be writing for publication or a blog. It could be writing in a journal or stories that make your heart happy. 

You may not even consider yourself a “writer” but you’d like to give it a try and see what happens. 

It doesn’t matter what your motivation is. I encourage you to see what happens if you write 1000 words a day for 30 days.

Sign up below for an awesome Printable tracker to help you write 1000 words every day for 30 days.

Think about what you could accomplish in 30 days of consistent writing. 

You could have a month’s worth of blog articles done. 

You could write an e-book. 

You could write that short story you’ve always wanted to write. 

You could get all those ideas out of your head that won’t stop pestering you. And that might lead to more sleep! YES! 

You could process through the depression and anxiety that are holding you back from your God-given talent. 

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