I have been trying to write an article for what seems like days now. Trying is maybe not the right word. More like staring at the screen trying to figure out what to write. Writing a sentence, deleting it again. Writing a bit again, then taking a break.
Often when I can’t sleep I start to get anxious. Now I only have 7 hours before I have to get up, now I only have 6 hours, and so on. Paradox ably, the stress of not being able to do something, makes me absolutely unable to do it. And I need my sleep! That is just stupid. I should just relax and let things happen.
Just like with the sleeping issue, I get stressed about not being able to write. I have committed to write about 500 words every day for the whole month of October. I know that I have to write daily, but somehow the stress of knowing that I have to makes it so much harder. What is up with that???
For everyone I think the goal of such a challenge is a bit different. For me the main purpose of the writer’s challenge will be to help me form a habit of writing on a daily basis. Hoping that it will help me, because I certainly need it. Writing a blog has obviously a lot to do with writing and preferably on a daily basis, and believe me as much as I love it, coming up with ideas and topics to write about is hard!
Habits form by doing something for an extended period of time. Although a popular myth says that it takes 21 days to form a habit, recent research shows that it is very individual how long it actually takes, but most agree that it is way more than 21 days. The important factor is setting a goal and sticking to it on a daily basis. Sooner or later it will turn into a habit and be something natural that you do.
So I am setting this writing goal of mine and hope to stick with it for as long as it is needed. Hopefully I will learn something new about myself and be able to stick with something for an extended period of time. I think that the aspect of continuation is the difficult part here. I have often joked with friends and family that I have a spine like a rain worm. It is translated from Danish and means that I have no backbone and often have a hard time sticking to a decision – like no cake for a month 😉 So maybe this will be the time where I prove myself wrong and actually stick to something.
So with much hope, I set out to do this and to succeed and see I have my 500 words and completed my שassignment for today.
Have you thought about a habit you would like to form? I would love to hear what it is and you plan to do it?
See you soon,