Blogging everyday gave me discipline. That’s why I’m doing it again.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been pretty undisciplined with work lately. It could be because it’s the summer and the weather is nice, I’ve been on a weird travel schedule, or maybe I’ve been in a rut.

I’m not writing as much as I should be, I’ve been missing some self-imposed deadlines, and overall I just haven’t gotten as much done as I’d like.

The lack of discipline at work has trickled down to other parts of my life. I haven’t been eating that well and my visits to the gym have been less frequent.

I’m not going to say that this lack of discipline is solely due to the fact that I don’t blog everyday like I used to. But I think it’s certainly a factor. And here’s why.

First, I believe that the completion of that first task every morning gets you into a rhythm that continues throughout the day. You check off that box, which gives you momentum and confidence to attack the next task. And so on and so forth.

Second, the pressure to consistently deliver, day in and day out, keeps your mind sharp. If you’re forced to keep thinking of topics to write about, your eyes are more widely open to see different things, and things in a different way. This has a trickle-down effect to everything else that you do and your approach to other tasks and problems, and your performance improves because of it.

Finally, there’s the feedback loop that comes from creating content everyday. When I was blogging everyday, the number of interactions I had with readers was much higher. And these conversations gave me confidence that people were actually reading what I wrote, and my work had some impact. Again, that gives me confidence to do more great work.

So that’s why I’m going back to blogging every work day.

Even though it adds to my workload, I think it will make me more productive and help me perform other tasks at a higher level.

And I hope you’ll read my posts and provide feedback in the comments, on Twitter, or via email. Like I mentioned, interacting with you is part of why blogging makes me more productive. You wouldn’t want to be responsible for my lack of productivity, would you? ;)

Let’s start this journey again, today.

What are some things that you do to increase your discipline and productivity? Please comment or reach out to me at mike@mikewchan.com. Thanks!

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