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8 Amazing Things Will Happen To Your Brain When You Keep Writing Every Day

8 Amazing Things Will Happen To Your Brain When You Keep Writing Every Day

Many of us were introduced to daily writing in high school, when an English teacher forced us to keep a journal. While we may have bemoaned our lots back then, the truth is that adopting a daily writing habit can be very satisfying and might even help you make tremendous changes in your life.

Here are eight amazing things that will happen to your brain when you keep writing every day.

1. You’ll Look for Opportunities to Write.

Once you start writing every day, it quickly becomes part of who you are and what you do. If you are forced to skip a day for any reason, you will feel deprived and will take steps to make sure that it doesn’t happen again, or at least not too often.

Before long, you will scan your daily and weekly calendars to identify pockets of time when you can squeeze in more writing. Depending on how hard the bug bites, you may even seek out opportunities to write for others, such as non-profit newsletters or project plans at work.

Anything to keep your pen wet and satisfy that writing urge will be fair game.

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2. You’ll Become More Organized.

As you recognize your love of and need for writing, you will move beyond trying to fit it in your day to a more structured approach. Most successful writers — whatever that may mean to you — schedule their writing time first and actually put it on their calendars.

Doing this will help you preserve your sacred hours and minutes of creativity, but it will also drive you to take a hard look at the rest of your schedule. Is there fat you can cut?

For most, the answer is “yes,” and your desire to find more time for writing will force you to become more organized and efficient in other areas of your life.

3. Your Writer’s Block Will Disappear.

Every writer has experienced that awful feeling of sitting down at the keyboard and just staring at the blank, white screen waiting for your words to appear. This affliction, of course, is writer’s block, and it’s most often the result of rust and a fear of how good (or bad) your writing will be.

If you haven’t written much, or if you haven’t written much lately, then your words probably won’t flow onto the page or in your mind when you read them back.

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But when you adopt a daily habit of writing and force yourself to bang out words no matter how awkward they seem at first, all of those cobwebs begin to clear away quickly. It won’t take long until your ideas are gushing all day long and you find it almost easy to get them from your brain, through your fingertips, and onto the screen.

4. Your Vocabulary Will Grow.

There are only so many times you can type that your character “walked” to the door or “said” something insightful  before you bore yourself to tears. Within the span of every few hundred words, you’re likely to touch on the same topic at least a couple of times, but you’ll want to keep your language fresh.

When you write every day, the thesaurus becomes one of your best friends, and many of those punchy synonyms will stick with you for the future.

5. You’ll Speak More Eloquently.

Thanks in part to your increased vocabulary and thanks in part to your constant immersion in the language — including lots of editing — your basic grasp of proper grammar will improve. What’s more, your efforts to find alternate phrasing for simple ideas won’t die when you turn away from the paper or computer screen to face real humans once again.

The end result will be that you’ll be able to speak more confidently, and you will color your speech with subtle word choices that can positively influence your impact in conversations.

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6. You’ll Read More.

Most writers are already voracious readers, but once you pick up the daily habit, you’ll crave the written word more than ever. Books, articles, blogs, and newspapers offer all sorts of perks for writers, from an expanded vocabulary to new story ideas.

Even if you don’t realize you’re doing it, daily writing will probably leave you with a book or tablet in your hand most of the day.

7. You’ll Meet New People.

Once you start writing regularly, you naturally will want to learn more about the craft. Thanks to the ubiquity of the Internet, the information you need is just a mouse click away, but when you begin exploring the vast library of writing available on the web, you’ll discover that it didn’t just materialize for your reading pleasure.

Instead, that body of knowledge has been produced and curated over the last twenty years by a gigantic community of thoughtful and ambitious authors who run the gamut from beginner to expert. Their collective experience is there for the reading, and you will undoubtedly find yourself involved with various social media groups and mailing lists as you hone in on your particular writing interests.

Beyond the web, many communities have established local writing groups, and it’s a good bet you will at least consider joining one of these — or even starting one if it doesn’t already exist in your town.

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Even if you’re a staunch introvert, writing will coax you out of your shell.

8. You’ll Reconsider Your Career.

If writing is NOT already your full-time job, hitting the keyboard or journal everyday might make you start to reconsider your career path. It’s estimated that more than 80% of Americans want to write a book, but only a relative handful have done so. That means becoming an author is a secret ambition for many of us, and writing every day will stoke those desires like nothing else. Even if you don’t want to give up your day job, chances are that the writing habit will coax you into spending most of your free time in front of a keyboard.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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