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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 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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