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10 Incredible Things You Learn From Writing Every Day

10 Incredible Things You Learn From Writing Every Day
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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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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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