Why I Will be Writing Every Day of 2018
I didn't waltz in to 2018 with a defined set of goals that I wanted to achieve. I hadn't actually put much thought in to it, except for one thing that I decided I was going to do on the morning of January 1st.
I have decided to write every day for 1 year
This was mostly a coincidence that it landed on January 1st. I discovered Steemit the night before and thought that if I was going to start writing again then this was the place to do it.
Here are some of the reasons why I have decided to write every day of 2018:
1. Positive Habit Building
The more often you do something, the more likely that it will form in to a habit. Actually, according to the University College London, it takes between 2-8 months to form a habit and 66 days on average. When you just start a new activity (especially something that you don't enjoy) it takes a lot of will-power to get started. Creating a positive habit is beneficial because over-time it will take less and less will-power to complete. This is because our brains are habit and pattern forming machines. If there is something that you know would be beneficial for your life to do more regularly but you find it hard to do, working to make it a habit by making yourself perform it regularly is the best way to implement it.
You can do this with anything and I explain the importance of choosing what works for you in a previous post HERE.
2. Reap the Benefits of 'Far-Transfer'
Many of you may not have heard the term 'far-transfer' before. It refers to transfer between contexts that, on appearance, seem remote and alien to one another. I first experienced this when I was living in Philadelphia and I decided that I would read for 3 hours every morning before allowing myself to do anything else. I hadn't even realised the positive effect this had on me (apart from my ability to read and process information at a quicker rate) until I was in a situation where I wanted to implement another positive habit. Performing this new and completely unrelated action every day was significantly easier than when I first started to read every day and I am sure I was even able to learn it quicker.
3. Improved Ability to Articulate Thoughts
As I mentioned above, writing also has a positive effect on your mind as you are pretty much putting it all on paper. If you ever want to understand something better or really cement something into your mind, write about it! It forces you to translate whatever you may be messily thinking about in your head into an understandable set of words. This also translates to becoming a better conversationalist which is incredibly useful when you are in social or high-stress situations.
4. Share what you know!
I will always write down my own personal thoughts in writing books, but if you are going to write about interesting topics it is worth publishing them online. You never know who could be benefiting from your writing and it is also fun to engage in an online discussion about something you have written. This opens up opportunities for others to learn and also for yourself to learn of others opinions!
You do not have to choose writing. You could implement any positive habit that you like and if you get into the habit of performing it regularly it will have positive effects on many areas of your life. My advice is to pick something you enjoy, because even if you perceive something to be more beneficial but you don't enjoy it, there are much lower chances of you actually being consistent with it.
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