On 27th Jan 2020, I started with my writing Challenge.

The idea was to write an article daily — the first thing in the morning. When I started it, I didn't had any outcome in mind. I was just experimenting.

So I have been writing for 15 days now. Today is the 15th day. And I wanted to retrospect if I notice any difference.

Few benefits I can clearly see from my writing habit.

  • I feel a sense of pride knowing that I am doing something which I have always procrastinated. Few months ago, I started with a goal to write 1 article per week but I failed at it. I wrote for 2-3 weeks and then I quit. So, me writing for 15 days straight is a huge accomplishment for me.
  • I can generate ideas more easily now. If I have to plan a LinkedIn post or Instagram carousel, I can easily generate tens of ideas in a matter of few minutes.
  • My mental clarity has improved. I am more aware about myself and the things I value. I am more aware about the guiding principles of my life and what kind of life do I want to live.
  • I feel that my discipline has improved but I am not sure for this. There are times when I don't feel adequate discipline but things seem better than before.

Few struggles that I am experiencing

  • When I started with this. I thought that I wouldn't plan any articles. I would just start my computer and would jump straight to writing it. I would not decide what do I want to write on. But now It's getting hard for me to write without deciding a topic. Sometimes I just write without having a relation between different parts of the articles.
  • I also decided that I would not read my articles with the intention improve it. I will read all my articles after I have written all 30 articles and then I would improve the articles if necessary. But it's getting hard for me to avoid the "Perfection Trap".

Summary

This 30 day writing challenge was fun. I really enjoyed jotting down my thoughts — first thing in the morning. It has really helped me improve my discipline, improve my focus and feel a sense of pride that I have been doing it for 15 days.