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10 Incredible Things You Learn From Writing Every Day

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10 Incredible Things You Learn From Writing Every Day

The art of writing is my prevailing passion. Expressing the right words in your writing can make all the difference in the world. Choosing the best words can enhance rationality, pace, attraction, sensation and individual expression of your message. That is the reason behind my love for writing.

However, passion by itself won’t achieve results unless you put some extra effort to achieve it. So last year, I took a step forward to finally pursue my dream of writing. The first thing I learnt during following my passion, and would advise everyone to follow is establishing a habit of writing daily, as writing skills only come through a daily practice.

It wasn’t easy until I started to write things like this article daily, the one you’re reading now, and I am learning a new thing every day. There are many incredible things that you learn from writing every day. Here are some of the surprising general benefits of writing daily I’ve learned so far. I hope they will help in discovering your writing passion.

1. Passion is crucial

I think everyone is talented and capable of writing well in a unique fashion. The way that effective writers distinguish themselves is by finding passion in their work. They find writing like any other job or task. If you want to be a good writer and want to learn about writing, then you should hold yourself accountable for this job it has to become a priority in your life.

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2.  Writing something bad adds up to something greater

One of the biggest challenges a beginner writer faces is building confidence in themself and overcoming self-doubt of writing something wrong.  Being a writer, you must understand that nothing is ever perfect in the first stage.

If you want to learn about writing, ignore all those doubts in your head telling you to remove what you’ve written. Move on, ignore the hesitation and attempt to improve. Writing something, even if you know nothing about the topic. By keeping yourself determined, you will see exceptional results.

3.  A little bit each day drives success

Writing a little each day can help you in building your momentum of writing with an attitude of gratitude for the new prospects. If you want to be a good writer, you need to understand that writing is not something that comes with expertise. Rather—in my experience—it comes with experiencing things, paying close attention to details and perceiving activities, interactions, and then expressing them by writing it down.

You should be writing during gaps of your normal day, like writing for a few minutes after you wake up—before making breakfast, or writing during your lunch break. You can even put down some thoughts and observations at night that you noticed during the day. Writing a little everyday would improve your writing in a better way than writing a lot once a week.

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4. People might actually read your stuff

This is something that confuses me. I always think before sharing my newest pieces friends and family, but sharing with them to read what I write is mostly like pulling teeth.

Now-a-days sharing mediums like social media allows you to see how many “views” and “shares” each piece is getting. Don’t be surprised if your colleague or a friend comes up to you saying that they read your article.

5. People might never read your stuff

Always remember the truth that most people simply don’t care what you have to say or readers might never mention your article, or hit “like”, leave a comment, or share your article. However, if your writing is decent and consistent, you will soon find an audience. Keep writing and sharing, and there are chances that you might raise this primarily small audience into larger.

6. People might dislike what you write

This is pretty understandable; if you write something, there will be some people who will simply dislike your stories. But, don’t get disappointed because everybody has different taste in literature. You will need to read the mind of your audience, but this takes time. But after getting few bad reviews or negative comments, do not assume that everybody will dislike what you write. They will only hold you back. You will learn, and this will lead you to more successful writer. 

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7. Some people will dislike your writing style

This one is a little difficult to digest for a new writer. Sharing your writing out for people to see, critique, and criticize is frightening—a bad analysis or negative comment can lower your confidence. Don’t let it happen! Never let them hold you back from writing new things.

8. Selecting visuals in content is crucial

Nowadays modern readers love to see multimedia accompanying the content. Most popular online articles are consisting of videos, pictures or a GIF. Always remember to give credit to the original author of that graphic or picture if you can find one. It would be an embarrassing situation if one of your article readers the one who is the photographer of the picture you used without permission.

9. Read more

This factor is among the most important things that a writer must consider, because it directly influence your writing skills. To be a good writer, you must read every day and your reading should include everything—from horror to romance.

This is essential for your research as an artist. There are many resources available for reading, like free online e-books, and there are public libraries everywhere.

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10. You will start building momentum

It might take weeks, or years to achieve the mark. But ultimately, your writing will get momentum. Similar to every other skill, writing takes a lot of devotion and determination.

But at the end, the hard work and long hours at the computer will give you immense success.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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