How to end the 31 days of writing challenge better than with a lessons-learned?
On Friday I finished the challenge with myself. Yes, it was a great feeling. The last few days I mostly spend with learning for my trainers exam, so I took a break from publishing. This morning I had the exam and right after that I felt so freaking energetic and ready to write again. So here’s my blog post about what I learned through 31 days of writing.
Consistency is Key
This point is kind of obvious, but I still want to give it some space.
When you have an endeavor like this, you have to plan in it to your day, you have to sit down and write, you have to have an idea. There is no like I don’t feel like it. You have to write, if you want or not.
If you dig through and finish, you can apply that energy and momentum to other parts of your life. It’s worth it, trust me. That feeling I also had after 30 days of showering with cold water. If I could choose, I would prefer writing for a whole month.
Before starting this challenge, I put up around 28 topics in a Todoist project. But after a like 10 days, I realized that’s not the right system.
An article is not something that you just tick and it’s gone. Writing is a process and needs preparation and that doesn’t work that well in a basic todo list. So I adjusted to a Kanban board in Trello.
I keep it simple there for now, the used columns at the moment are IDEA, READY, WRITTEN, PUBLISHED. Whenever I have an idea, I write it down and add one or another headline and when I think it’s ready, guess where it goes.
Adjusting that system helped me a lot. I could easier start writing, because I had something where I could start. Instead of picking from a list that in the meantime has grown to way more than 30 articles, I had a list of curated ideas, that just needed to be written.
People are more supportive than you think
Oh boy, this goes way back when I started to write or to publish something into the wild in general. I always had the fear that somebody could read it. In the meantime, I don’t give a damn who is reading my articles and thinks negative of myself.
If you are grown up and have a good list of friends, that you trust, don’t even think about it, send them your articles and ideas and ask them about your opinion. What I learned through 31 days of writing is that people are freaking supportive. I have this list of like 5 people that are always getting my topic list in advance and are even giving me some hints, what they think about.
Be it friends or family, people are more supportive than you ever could think. They will tell you their thoughts, even if they don’t align on your opinion, that’s something you can produce something out of.
There is always time
I am a sucker for the perfect moment. If I wouldn’t kick my ass myself all the time with challenges and reminders I would totally wait for the perfect moment to write instead of just starting.
Something I learned in the past 31 days is there is always time in the day to sit down and write. Sometimes it needs some courage to sit down, while others are doing more fun stuff. Sometimes you will feel rude for taking away some time for yourself.
But there always is some time in your day to focus on your goals.
There were a few people that helped me through these days. Be it with inspiration, with kicking my ass, with just helping me out.
Thank you, in no specifically order…
Thank you for your support!