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Aug 05, 2019 21:06:09

Starting Again: The Writing Habit

by @soulinantarctica | 714 words | 🐣 | 43💌

Anna Kaczynski

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Disclaimer 1: I'm writing this directly into the webpage, my spelling and grammar may be atrocious. 

Disclaimer 2: There is some bad language in this post.

Disclaimer 3: Its been a while. 

I joined this website a few months ago and it really helped me to develop the habit of writing regularly. It gave me the motivation I needed to re-vamp my blog, get a youtube channel going and record my first ever podcast. This was an exciting time for me and I became obsessed with the process of researching and writing articles. 

This flow of creativity and outpouring of work was stiffled when I experienced some personal problems in my family. The distraction and subsequent depression took me by suprise and all my work ceased. I stopped writing and I stopped creating because all I could think was "what is the fucking point?"

Although I was unable to produce anything myself I continued to read voraciously. This has slowly stoked my appetite and desire to get back into writing myself. Right now I am not concerned with what, where or how I write, just that I do it; and do it regularly. I could have chosen to write daily in my diary, or within a Word document, saved to my harddrive, but I wouldn't have the same level of accountability that I get from writing here. I have therefore chosen to re-commence this 200wad challenge. 

I recently listened to a Podcast through Audible regarding habits. It was an interesting mini series and I would recommend it if you are interested in how habits can shape our lives, how they are created, maintained and broken. 

Like most people I have some bad habits, and there are plenty of things I would like to change about myself (like seriously, plenty), however, I also have some good habits which I am sure other people would be envious of, for example, I don't drink alcohol and I don't like cake. Whenever it was someone's birthday, a cake would be brought into the office at work. I would politely decline a slice and be told "Aren't you good!" and i'd think "No, I just hate cheesecake!" as I slip outside to have a cigarette! 

Some good habits are easy to maintain because they are so ingrained into our daily routine, like brushing your teeth. For some people going to the gym or exercising is similarly entrenched into their sense of identity, routine and way of life. For others it is a mountain to assail and takes a collosal effort. I think there is something in this. In order to develop a new good habit - such as daily writing - it has to become an ingrained, entrenched part of your daily life and not to do it would be as unthinkable as not brushing your teeth. 

So, like many of you here one of the good habits I am trying to create is daily writing. I currently really struggle to do this with any kind of consistency. It's never the right time, the conditions are never perfect, I need to do something else more important right now etc etc... the reasons go on for why I can't write every day. In reality I can absolutly 100% commit to writing 200 words a day. Logistically there is no reason why I could not, there is no impediment, save perhaps a nucleur disaster that could feasibly prevent me doing this.

So here I am. With 200wad I have the facility and accountability I need to write every single day. I think 200 words is the perfect amount, it's short enough to be easily manageable by even the most tongue (or finger?) tied mind, this makes it much easier to achieve every day and it is the repetition here that really counts. Repetition of the daily act of writing will turn it into a habit eventually, in theory. 

I am not going to set any other limits or conditions on this experiment. As I previously noted, the content of what I write is less important than the fact that I am writing anything. 

Why don't you consider following me to find out how this experiment pans out.



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    The Audible Podcast I mentioned is called: In the Habit: Introduction to Changing our Behaviour. There are 6 mini episodes

    Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | Aug 06, 2019 16:44:13
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    @soulinantarctica - I took time off when I was busy doing other stuff. I resisted the #teamstreak premice -- that writing for 30 days is a big enough deal to worry about. I like writing, there's nothing stopping me, so why do I sometimes forget?

    I think the simple answer is thinking "later" is always available. I might even be on here reading in the morning with the thought - oh, I'll write mine later.

    Then, that day, there was no later. It's that simple. So, now, I just write first - then later isn't a variable in my equation.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Aug 06, 2019 05:38:23
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      @brianball Yeah I absolutly agree with you about "later" being always available. This is how I interrupted my original best-streak on here, I started saying "Oh, i'll do it later on instead" then one day I forgot...

      I guess it is the same as saying "Tomorrow never comes" and "there's no time like the present!". Putting things off until some unspecified future point is not a good plan. I think i've learnt a lesson here, as soon as I catch myself thinking "later" in any kind of sentence in relation to writing on here, i'll use that as my prompt to come and write something asap.

      Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | Aug 06, 2019 16:49:06
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    @soulinantarctica Welcome back.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 05, 2019 19:17:03
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      @brandonwilson Hey, thanks dude! much appreciated!

      Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | Aug 06, 2019 16:49:19
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    @soulinantarctica Welcome back in the game! :) You are right, repetition > quantity

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 06, 2019 02:33:03
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      @basilesamel Thank you! yes, absolutly, it's that repetition i'm going for now.

      Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | Aug 06, 2019 16:49:45
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    @soulinantarctica - what's the podcast on Audible. Some of their free content has been excellently produced.

    Audible Originals -- one was a crime thriller. Can't remember the plot, but entertaining enough for a roadtrip.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Aug 05, 2019 17:17:42
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      @soulinantarctica @brianball I'm here to find out what the podcast is. :)

      Daniel Miller avatar Daniel Miller | Aug 05, 2019 22:45:59
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      @soulinantarctica @brianball @danielmiller +1

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 06, 2019 21:10:08
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      @brianball I've named the Podcast in bold above for everyone who asked, sorry for forgetting to include the name of it in the original post!!

      I'm really late in coming to the world of podcasts, unbelievably enough I only started listening to them about 6 months ago, but in that time i've managed to work my way through so many! Binge podcasting instead of binge box-setting!

      Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | Aug 06, 2019 16:51:28
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