A month ago I shared my commitment to writing every weekday. It has been a long month and if asked, I would say that this was a hard challenge. I learned a few things that will help me create a better October challenge. (What? Another challenge? Why stop now I say!). Maybe these ideas will help you too.
- Rightsize your goal
- Prepare to fail
- Consider building
Like so many people, I got excited about a new habit, a new routine, a new goal. And I devised a 30 day challenge that was bigger than I realized. There’s nothing wrong with grand goals – as long as you are sure they are sustainable. Mine was not and I am now going to “rightsize” my challenge for October. My expectation is that a more realistic goal will allow a routine to develop and I will celebrate success every day.
Which brings me to my second learning. When you fail, as I did a time or two, don’t be surprised. Accept it, learn from it and start again the next day. I did not beat myself up about the days I didn’t write or post something. But I didn’t forget about them either. I asked myself why I didn’t write or post and learned something that will help me in my refining my October Challenge. I found that I can’t let myself say “I’ll do it tonight” – because my evenings just aren’t meant for writing. So I learned I have to make the time to get it done during the day.
And along with rightsizing goals comes the idea of building up to them (like training for a half-marathon?). Last month I committed to posting my daily writing on my blog every day. I still like the idea of writing every day, but not everything I write is worthy of posting. So if my ultimate goal is to share something meaningful and of value every day, I need to work up to that by improving my writing skills. So first things first – write every day, post 3 times a week. This gives me time to hone my ideas, edit my work, and hopefully give you all a better reading experience!
I have a whole list of 30 day challenges that I’d like to take on such as eat a salad every day or walk 10,000 steps a day, but I still don’t feel like I’ve created a new habit or routine yet with my first one – so I’m sticking to writing – just refining my goal.
How about you? October starts tomorrow!