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Jun 08, 2019 18:53:18

Are streaks important?

by @jacklyons PATRON | 270 words | 🐣 | 127💌

Jack Lyons

Current day streak: 0🐣
Total posts: 127💌
Total words: 42165 (168 pages 📄)

The general consensus on how long it takes to create a new habit is approximately 60 days. I'm nearing that milestone and generally feel as though writing 200 words a day is now ingrained in my daily routine. However there are some days, today especially, where I just cannot be f!*ked to write a post. The only reason I do end up writing is because of this streak.

Which begs the question/s: Is the streak really that important? And is taking a day off a mark of failure or laziness? A lot of times you'll hear successful people say that you just gotta show up no matter what. And that makes sense, for if you can only perform in optimal conditions then you're really not pushing yourself or growing.

At the end of the day it all comes down to excuses. Like today, as I said, I just can't be stuffed. Therefore I'm writing trash and going on a rant. Is that better than writing nothing? Is this process of writing just as important as the content itself?

My 50+ steak of writing everyday actually means something to me, but I just can't put a finger on what that is exactly. Practicing this habit sometimes just doesn't make sense and that's when it gets hard. The why behind it all gets fuzzy.

If you have any tips of clarifying the why in order to help make a stronger habit then please feel free to share! Does the streak matter? And if I do miss it, what's my excuse? There's always time to show up and write ... But why does it matter?

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    @jacklyons Firstly, it feels whatever you wrote. That's your true feelings and natural writing always grabs people's attention.

    Secondly, It's up to you. You are not supposed to do anything forcefully particularly where it's about being creative. Creativity is natural and whenever you feel like it you write.

    However, sometimes you don't feel like doing something and after doing this you get your answer like how does it feel? Now it's up to you how do you decide and feel.

    By the way, I have no idea whether my answer is useful or not? I no nothing about writing I am totally a beginner and I have just joined this page. Even I am not sure how long I will stay. 🤔

    Noor avatar Noor | Jun 09, 2019 20:11:27
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      @noor thanks for the interesting insight. I agree with you a lot and struggle to make real meaning from this new habit. I want to do because I enjoy being creative, but it's hard not to question "why" I am doing it. For some pursuits that "why" is easy to understand, like learning to code so I can get a job, or learning a language to travel to a foreign country. It's the blurry area of creative pursuits as leisure / self improvement that make it hard to define the "why". Perhaps one day all this writing, learning new words, understanding sentence structure, creating prose and journalling will pay off in some way ... But for now, I still want to dive deeper into this and understand the mechanics behind the "why" and the "streak" and the importance of this in general.

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Jun 09, 2019 15:08:53
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    @jacklyons I think the streak matters differently to everyone, and if it's working for you somehow, keep writing to keep learning the why! :)

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 09, 2019 21:41:44
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    @jacklyons Never lose sight of the bigger picture. Two articles I wrote about the streak topic: "Being consistent: a path to personal growth" and "Why Keeping your Streak Alive?". The streak does not matter, it must remain a tool to achieve something else: pleasure from writing, pleasure from accomplishing, developing a habit, art therapy, writing a book/blog, etc.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 09, 2019 04:46:37
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