On January 2, I set out to achieve 30 days of writing. I wanted to improve my ability to produce content on a more consistent basis. I challenged myself to write one blog post per day for 30 days. This marks the final post in this challenge and I have not missed a day. All the blog posts combined, I have written over 10,000 words.
Before I started this challenge I was struggling to write one post per week, so you can imagine going from that to writing one per day for thirty days was a challenge.
After the first few days I started to think to myself, what have you gotten your self into? Why didn’t you challenge yourself for seven days? Those were some of the thoughts that went through my mind. I didn’t want to let myself down or the others who were a part of the challenge and so I pushed through.
I remember at least two days when I came close to not writing a post but I had a target and I wanted to reach that target. I didn’t want to say I had written for 28 days. I want to say I had written for 30 days. Finishing what I had started was important to me.
I’ve learned a lot about myself and achieving goals during these thirty days and I would like to share a few lessons with you.
Be specific about what you want to accomplish
Because I was specific about wanting to write one blog post every day for 30 days I had a target to chase. I knew each day I had to set aside a time to write this one post with a minimum of 300 hundred words. Having a specific word/topic to write about helped too. I didn’t have to be thinking about what I should write about. Going forward with my blog, I will definitely write a list of topics in advance to write about. This makes it easier for you.
You can accomplish more than you think you can
As I mentioned before when I started this challenge I was struggling to write one piece of content per week. I didn’t know how I would produce seven pieces per week but when faced with the need to get it done, I did. Why was I able to do this when I struggled so much before? I had no choice and so I sat down and wrote it.
Make it public so you have no choice but to produce results
When others are aware of what you are doing it forces you to produce the promised results. To have this type of consistency on your blog, let your readers know when to expect new blogs posts. This will force you to deliver what you promised.
There will be times when you will feel like quitting your goals but keep pushing. As much as you feel like quitting, you will thank yourself when you reach your goal without quitting. Pushing yourself means you will have to sit and do the required activity whether you feel like it or not. Don’t operate on how you feel, operate on the result you desire.
The more you do it the easier it becomes
At first, it will be difficult but as you continue to do the same thing day after day, it becomes more manageable. As you do it for more days the level of difficulty becomes less. It’s a matter of getting more experienced at it so it becomes easier.
A deadline forces you to put aside time-wasting. A deadline establishes a time frame within which to finish your project. If you have no deadline there is no urgency to get the job done.
Focus on the rewards
For me, the reward was to have consistent content for my readers to enjoy. It was also a reward for me to have more blog posts on my blog. Another reward for me was knowing my ability to write quicker will improve. Whatever your goals, I’m sure it will come with some rewards. Remind yourself of these to motivate you to reach your goals.
This has been an amazing experience. Thank you to all the bloggers who participated in this challenge, even if you were not able to write for all 30 days.Tthe challenge remains available on the blog to anyone who wants to challenge themselves. You can find it here.