Every day, for 113 days, I awoke, got a cup of coffee, and sat down to write. I'd open up a new tab and start typing. Sometimes, I would feel ready immediately. Other times, I'd have to push through the first few minutes.
Each successive day didn't feel like it was adding much. But, as I was consistent, and pushed through without dwelling on it too much, I racked up a good streak.
During that season, I had near perfect health and slept well.
Just recently, a family member came back from a trip with a cold. We didn't think too much of it. But, sure enough, I got it. At first just a cough. Then runny nose and sore throat.
Yeah, I got the whole thing.
The funny thing is, I could have easily kept my streak. I had already typed 90% of the words I wanted for that day. In my cold-medicated head, I must have gotten distracted and lost focus. When I came back to my laptop today, I see the tab sitting open with almost all my words complete. Alas, I missed it by not having a backup system to keep me on track.
The lesson is simple and stronger because of the stakes involved.
If it absolutely has to be done, don't rely on just yourself. Put some backup systems in place. Employ the watch of a bot or a friend to help you check it off and make sure it's done before you hit the pillow at night. For me a good lesson learned. Now, I jump back on the horse and have a new record to beat.