- What do you want to create? (books, blog posts, code, classes, software)
- Who do you want to help?
- What wil happen as a result of investing your time and energy in this project? Is it important to you? Is it important to your community?
- Why you? What unique perspecitve or experience do you bring to this work?
- Is it worth trying, even if it fails miserably?
- If not now, when?
I realised that my mission is using technology in a positive way, to improve physical and mental health. This is something I could write about regulalry, and blend it with some of my own personal perspective.
In Seth’s interview with Tim Ferriss he talks about why everyone should blog daily. I decided to try this.
I’ve managed two days on, two days off and then four days consecutively. Now I have momentum, I want to keep going. I’m reminded of Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret to keep producing work: Don’t Break The Chain.
These are beneficial changes I’ve noticed so far:
- The motivation to ship a post leads to thinking about the process of writing and how to improve writing style.
- It’s uncomfortable not knowing what you’re going to write tomorrow; but doing it anyway
- A practice of recording ideas and journaling develops. And creating a space for it to happen.
- Half-baked ideas need to be fleshed out which leads to deeper investigation and more focus
- Reading for its own sake is replaced by reading in order to share something, which benefits others
- Writing helps me to see more clearly what I’m thinking and the patterns over time
- Readers notice things that you hadn’t and broaden your perspective
- Freelance work in someone else’s company is often constrained in some way; writing allows us to use our own voice
- With limited time we make conscious choices to prioritise what we need to get the work done
I’ve been reflecting on this post and have some more:
- It’s useful to revisit an earlier post and add to it after reflection; the change in perspective brings new insight by itself
- Change comes incrementally over time; focusing on a limited number of things at one time allows us to add depth as new insight comes
- There is tension when we don’t receive feedback; it’s helpful to recognise that and be comfortable with it
- You don’t need permission to start writing
- Everyone has a book in them
If you write regularly I’d love to hear your experience on what’s worked, what you’ve found challenging, and the benefits you’ve gained.