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Happy Leap Day, February 29th

deadline

Now that my network issues have remarkably resolved themselves, I can once again post to this blog.

Even though I haven’t been online since last Friday, I’ve been writing every day. I’ll have to post the handwritten notes I kept later on.

Not only did Hugh Howey talk about the importance of blogging every day in his Guaranteed Success Writing Plan, but so did Seth Godin in his recent interview with Tim Ferris. After only two weeks of writing every day, I get it.

  1. It gets me back in the habit of writing. It sets me up to feel bad if I don’t do it, like there’s something unfinished, incomplete.
  2. It gives me the sense of having to meet a deadline. I am used to deadlines in the corporate world. Whether they are real deadlines, or just arbitrary ones set up “just because,” they do work. Having a deadline gives you a sense of urgency to get things done before time runs out. The mind perceives that if it doesn’t get a task done in time, there are negative consequences involved.

That negative consequence? A feeling of failure.

Nobody likes to feel like they’ve failed, especially when they knew it was an easy deadline to meet. Failure is not a good feeling. We also know deep down that making excuses is just a lame way to cover up that feeling of having failed.

The combination of writing every day and meeting a deadline is a great habit muscle to build – especially if I’m working to be an Authorpreneur.