How writing an article daily over the past 365 days changed my life
To be honest, I never really thought I was capable of writing. It was not until I started writing on LinkedIn that I got intrigued with how powerful words can be. I mean I never took my writing seriously. This one year of writing daily has helped me grow, not only as a writer but also as a person.
I can recall the first post that I wrote for LinkedIn Pulse. It was titled ‘The Art of Recruiting’, and got just a few likes. I published it on August 6, 2016. Though it was not successful, but I gave me a feeling of contentment. I was happy to write what I was feeling. So, I decided to take up the jog on a regular basis.
I started writing weekly blogs, and the number of views started to increase from just a few to hundreds. After almost two months in October, I got my first post to reach the 1000 likes mark. It was titled — How perfectionism is holding you hostage. If it was not for this post, I might have given up. And, from then onward I started to write more frequently, with my posts getting featured and gaining huge readership because of that.
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And, the journey began from that point onward. A couple of months later after having written regularly for almost 5 months on LinkedIn, I got a message from LinkedIn representatives that I’ve been selected as one of the Top 16 Voices on LinkedIn for the year 2016. This came as a pleasant surprise, as I never knew my writing could fetch such accolades. As a matter of fact, I never really wrote for accolades I just wanted to share my few cents of wisdom so that people could really get inspired.
But the success I got by writing for LinkedIn Pulse helped me transform as a person. Here is a look at how it helped me evolve on a personal as well as professional level -
It helped me become a better leader
While writing on LinkedIn I realized one thing i.e. people from all over the world face similar problems at workplace. Whether it is dealing with a colleague who steals credit for your work, or a tough to handle boss — problems are same all over the world.
While researching for content on these topics, I got so much to learn as a leader myself. I got to know how it feels to be on the other side of the table. Of course I was writing as the Marketing Manager of ProofHub, but my motive was to bring forward the problems that employees face. And, I got to learn a lot in that regard.
This learning has helped me become a better leader now. Today I feel closer to my team, I feel better connected to them, and understand the problems which I was unable to before.
It helped me become a good listener
Writing changed my definition of communication. When you are a leader, chances are that people will more often than not agree to what you say. Whether it is the fear of speaking up or any other reason, but the fact is that communication tends to become one sided. And, with time you get into the habit of it — not being able to take feedback for your decisions.
But when people tend to disagree with what you write, you cannot stop them from their writing their comments on the article. You get to know that your perspective of looking at things could also be wrong.
When I get negative comments on my articles, it widens my horizon of looking at things. It also helped me inculcate the habit of being patient.
It helped me become an avid reader, once again
When you write, you have to research a lot. When you research you read a lot. And, reading is perhaps the best thing to have ever happened to me. Though I was an avid reader during my college days, but because the busy job schedule I could not ever read as much as I wanted to.
Since I started writing, things changed completely. Now I read as much as I can. The current book on my reading list is Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
And, reading is perhaps the best habit you can have. This is because reading leaves you free. As Stephen King has said,”Books are uniquely portable magic.” They certainly are. Try reading at least one book a week, and you will see the magic!
It changed my way of looking at things
But the biggest change that I faced in my life since I started writing has been in my perspective of looking at things. Now I don’t judge people. “Everyone has his or her own story. And, before you judge someone you need to know their story.”
Just like they say you must not judge a book by its cover, same goes with people as well. And, writing helped me learn this. Now I’m more patient while taking decisions. I don’t judge situations, I analyze them and pass my rationale accordingly.
Writing completely changed the way I used to look at things. And, I can proudly say that I’m a bigger and a better person now.
It helped me take the load off my shoulders
Leadership is pretty lonely. There are times when you have to make some tough calls and take some tough decisions. There are times when no one would understand your situation. And, you cannot always explain everything to everyone.
For instance, firing someone because of poor performance even though he or she is good as a team player. Such decisions are always questioned. And, they leave you with quite a lot burden and stress.
Writing is the one medicine that can help you get rid of this stress. You can share your thoughts, put your perspective forward and people who can relate to it are going to always appreciate what you did. So, for me writing also works as a stress buster as well.
These 365 days of writing has helped me evolve not just as a Manager, but as a person as well. And, I wish to pass on this knowledge and learning to others so that they can also get into the habit.
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Vartika Kashyap runs the marketing team at ProofHub — a project management software for teams of all sizes. She is a seasoned marketing professional who is an expert in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She’s been featured among LinkedIn’s Top Voices for the year 2016 & 2017. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.
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