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30-DAY MINDFUL BLOGGING CHALLENGE – DAY 1

“To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”
~Arthur Ashe

In a recent article, Eleanore Strong said that writing 750 words daily at 750words.com has been hugely beneficial to her. I checked out this site and found that after the free first-month trial, I’ll have to pay a monthly fee to continue. Bummer! Though I’m sure it will be a worthwhile investment, I thought it would be better to write 750 words on my blog every day.

So I’m kicking off my own version of 750 words today on my own blog.
And I’m calling it The 30-Day Mindful Blogging Challenge.

RULES:

  1. Time daily one hour: I’ll write for 20 minutes, edit for 20 minutes and complete the upload in the final 20 minutes. If necessary, I’ll update or revise these posts later.
  1. Timing: I will complete the daily challenge between 12 noon and 6 pm daily. This time range gives me enough flexibility.
  1. Word count: Not important. The one-hour constraint is the defining factor but I’ll probably write at least 500 words daily. Also, I expect the word count to increase progressively.

BENEFITS:

  1. Develop a daily habit of writing: This is the most important goal. In the words of Og Mandino, “I’ll form good habits and become their slave.” Also, one hour daily is doable. I tend to set overambitious goals and then strike out within the first week. So I won’t take more than one hour to do this challenge every day.
  1. Beat procrastination: This 30-day mindful blogging challenge will help me to overcome my biggest enemy because it is:
    ~Specific: post daily by 6 pm
    ~Measurable: publish blog post daily
    ~With a Deadline: complete by 6 pm daily
    ~With Accountability: (email a friend daily after completing it) and
    ~Fun to do: (most important)
  1. Beat perfectionism: The one-hour deadline means I won’t be paralyzed by the need to be perfect and by the fear of criticism. I consider this as writing practice.
  1. Emphasis on the process, not on the product: Many top bloggers including Jon Morrow and Danny Iny teach that it’s pointless to post on your own blog – it’s like public speaking in an empty hall. I agree. My goal with this challenge is to develop the write-publish process. There is no other expectation.
  1. Overcome my tech phobias: One reason why I have posted so rarely on my blog is my reluctance to upload content on my blog. The more frequently I publish, the easier it will be. In this case, perfect does make perfect.

ACTIONABLE TIP:

If you are stuck in any area of your life, consider giving yourself a 30-day challenge and then a daily specific goal. Make sure the goal is achievable and set up an accountability system.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION:

Have you ever tried a 30-day challenge to get out of the rut?
Let us know in the comments below.

 

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