How writing helps me keep my sanity everyday!
It was Albert Einstein who said that you have to choose whether you live in a friendly or hostile environment.
Nevertheless, each morning is a new day in a big and vast universe. We need guidance.
The brain needs guidance.
It needs freedom and the space to flow but also to be safe in the knowledge that the basics are happening.
There needs to be both structure and creative chaos.
Sleep, food, meditation and bodily functions are non negotiable and need to be part of a daily boring routine.
Yes. I said it. It is boring doing the same things over and over but these 4 Things are vital. Deal with it.
Creativity needs all four to happen.
Writing is the key to all of the above.
Morning Journal — The Freedom Journal
Writing first thing in the morning helps lay the foundation for the day. I use The Freedom Journal which helps me do a few more non-negotiables. I write out each section every morning.
- Gratitude. Nothing good can come from ungrateful states.
- Goal. Restate my goal for the next 100 days.
- Focus for the day. Telling the monkey brain what to chase after, all day long is a must.
- 3 Things To Accomplish during this day. This helps deciding first thing before setting out and getting busy with busy work, 3 things that relate to the focus of the day.
- Accountability. Be accountable to myself on the 3 things I will have accomplished by the end of the day.
- Detailed Action Plan. This is a detailed action plan for getting these 3 things done.
Coming back to my Freedom Journal at night is the 2nd part of keeping it together.
- 2 Things That happened.
- 2 Things I struggled with.
- 2 Ways to overcome these struggles.
- What is going to be special about tomorrow.
Life Mastery Coach Blog
There is an endless list of questions I have from changing my state to being healthier. More often than not answers come to me from nowhere.
I can’t explain how. Sometimes they don’t make sense but I try to keep an open mind.
The words spoken by Wayne Dyer come to mind at these moments.
Be open to everything and attached to nothing.
Life is short constantly changing and it will be very painful to stay rigid.
I have setup my blog to cover 7 key areas.
- Emotions and Meaning
- Time Management
I am working on a blog post each week. That is the pace I’ve chosen to write posts that answer questions in my mind and hopefully help others.
I started using Scrivener both on the Mac and iPad Pro and it has been amazing in organizing my research in one place and writing without switching apps.
It has been an amazing experience.
Better Humans — Medium
As a Life Coach on Coach.me I also contribute posts for the Medium publication Better Humans.
These are mainly focused around productivity and habits and are either new posts or repurposed content from my blog.
Still, it is a great opportunity to interact with 55K readers. This is part of the perks of being a coach on Coach.me.
Cyber Security Posts
As my primary expertise has been in the IT Security industry, I have started writing for a company called TripWire a year ago and has been a good way to get thoughts out my head that have been buzzing and needed to get out.
One day I was reading one of their articles and though to myself, I could write something like that. So I did.
I clicked on the about section and found the submission guidelines. I emailed the editor and send a sample.
It was just a case of asking.
Free Flow Writing
Something I discovered a few months ago, was an app called Flowstate. It is available only on the Mac and iOS.
This is what it stands for:
Throughout history and across continents, philosophers and spiritualists have discussed a state of mind known as the “action of inaction,” or “doing without doing,” that closely resembles what modern psychologists call a “flow state.” It is the phenomenon known to most Westerners as “being in the zone,” felt by painters, musicians, athletes, and writers throughout time.
I set a timer for 30 minutes and start typing until the time runs out.
I don’t have any other choice. The app is designed to erase everything if you stop typing for 5 seconds.
It takes me about 5 minutes and after that I don’t have to think about the time anymore.
This helps me accomplish a brain dump and it is 30 minutes of catharsis.
I feel free.
Writing on medium is something I started over a year ago but not very consistently.
There are amazing opportunities to get your content in front of other people and work with other authors on publications.
The biggest benefit of Medium is the ability to be able to focus on writing.
The more I write the better I get at it.
Thank you James Altucher for the inspiration and for your contribution.