We all know the benefits of 5-a-day fruit and vegetables, we all know the benefit of daily exercise, of so many other things to be done daily.
I have my daily success rituals that I stick to religiously now and I know the compound effect of doing such things, thanks to Darren Hardy’s book of that name.
Just over 2 years ago, thanks to my mate Bernie, I started the journey of discovery that has led me to find out the true joy, wonder and amazing benefits to life of writing every day.
Daily writing is now such an important part of my life that it has become the only daily success ritual that I have not missed, apart from one single day, for 458 continuous days now.
I have written at least 750 words each day (minimum amount of words required to complete a day) on a site that amazingly just happens to be called 750words.com for just over 2 years and I have written on 680 days of the 752 days since I started, I am now on a continuous streak of 286 days, I have written on 457 of the last 458 and have written a total of 559,487 words as of this morning.
I then decided to up the writing game to the next level on 1st September 2015 and embark on a challenge to write a blog every single day for a year separate to my 750 Words. I completed that year and I am still going. That is 387 continuous days of blogging.
I have literally worn the letter symbols of the keyboard on my Chromebook.
This is coming from a person who has struggled all his life with commitment and focus issues. All those school reports ‘if only Philip could apply himself’ flash past me.
‘OK then smart arse, very good, well done, blah, blah, blah, so what are the benefits then?’ you might be thinking.
For me the benefits of writing daily are:
1. The commitment ‘muscle’ has really built and despite many failed attempts to do so, it is now there. It is enabling me to accelerate other habits, the good old ‘compound effect’.
2. I have got much better at writing. I also realise there is no such thing as writer’s block. We can always find something to talk about, we don’t get ‘talker’s block’.
3. More people read my blog, a more than trebling of readers.
4. More comments, likes, views and visitors. More exposure for my ‘art’ as Seth Godin would say.
5. It has helped me to improve my art and photography, as for almost all my blog posts, I have tried to do my own art, drawing, painting or use an original picture that I have taken. Art is another passion of mine, reignited by my mate Doug.
6. I have improved my sepllnig and grammar.
7. I can write faster, more concisely. This helps with all the content I produce, not just my blog.
8. It has helped me think out loud and problem solve, using the 750 words like a brain gym and it builds the ‘muscle’. It has enabled me to do the ‘shitty first drafts’ and therefore thinks before taking action. Before allow my ‘chimp’ limbic brain to act first.
9. It has helped me advise myself and share thoughts – I think clearer and more effectively.
10. I know that it has helped many others with challenges and I have received some great feedback on my blogs, it has changed how some people do things and certainly has for me. So writing not only helps you but helps others if you share your work with the world via a blog.
11. It has been a daily focus, a moment shut away from the world each day. It has helped me concentrate more and I am now reading ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport, which I believe this year has been the foundation for the next step away from shallow work, where I am like a magpie, easily distracted by anything shiny that passes by.
12. It has created content for my first book that I plan to now put together with the best posts from the 365 blog posts.
13. It has helped me develop a commitment to my other daily success rituals of which I now have 40 and that does not include brushing my teeth, getting dressed or eating. I have learnt how to develop habits step by step, day by day.
14. It has given me more self-confidence as when you share things you realise that it is nowhere near as bad as you had imagined it. Like 99.9% of all the worries, we have in life.
15. It has made stop over-thinking things, especially what to write. When you have to come up with a post every day, I find now I just go start typing.
16. I now have stopped worrying what others think and rarely look at the stats for an individual post, previously modifying what I wrote because of them.
17. I write simply because I love doing it, I write for myself.
18. It has helped me move away from instant gratification things and away from shallow work.
19. It has helped me continue my belief that you can change anything in your life and you can do whatever you choose to do, you simply have to start and then make the commitment to build the habit.
You can literally change your life through writing daily, like anything in life it takes just one step and then committing to doing those small steps daily. My 750 words take on average 20 minutes a day and my blog to write, do the art for and publish on average 45 minutes a day.
As part of my passion for writing, we have started the ‘Write Club’ at the hub every Thursday as part of our Coworking Days that we run each week. So if you want to up your writing game or simply love writing, then come and join in, it’s free, fun and productive.
Who knows it might just help you to get that daily writing bug too.
Book your writing chair here