Heading Off to Work, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Be Aggressive

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First of all, you must be aggressive…and here are a few tips how to be more aggressive regardless of your pursuit…

1.“Do IT first.” Do that one thing that you find yourself dreading to do the most first. Get it over and done with. The earlier you get it done, the less the rest of your day can interfere.

2.  Learning through experience is better than learning by watching other people do whatever it is that you yourself may want to start doing…as far as a struggling writer, that meant reading other people’s blogs and following their social media. You are your own unique person, and write what make you yourself happy. Care less about what other people who are going to see you as you start this new habit are going to think, and more about your own level and feelings.

3.  You can spend way too much time analyzing everything, thinking about getting started online, reading every article and book in sight, and never getting anything done…we could do this with anything—from cooking to running to decorating our house…but with all the available resources out there, you will probably still be trying to figure out where to start twenty years down the road.

4.  Even though you don’t have the perfect plan and are not sure exactly how it’s going to work out, the best way to learn is by doing.

As far as being an “aggressive” writer, the foremost important thing is that you simply write something…

Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or writing in complete sentences…

The important thing at this point is not how you write…but simply that you actually do write something….

Here are a few ideas to get you started…

1.Say It…As a writer you should try to write an article that “involves” the reader by…entertaining and making your readers laugh…inspiring your readers… offering advice based on your own past experience and expertise…teaching your readers how to do something or make something.

A few good prompts to now start actually writing include….

  • Few people know that…
  • Few people realize that..
  • I believe that….
  • In response to…
  • In summary…
  • It has been my experience that…
  • Let me tell you a story about…
  • This is important because…

Next decide if you can add any of the following…

  • Charts…(this shows that)…
  • Definitions…(this means that)…
  • Examples…(examples of this include)…
  • Functions…(this does what)…
  • Lists…(including the following)…
  • Parts…(this consists of)…
  • Steps…(this involves)…

Title It...Choosing a title early in the writing process will help keep you focused on both your topic and your purpose. Create a title that identifies what your post is about…

Introduce It....The first paragraph should serve as a brief and simple introduction—what topic you’ll be covering, why it’s important, how the article will help to solve a problem or to answer a question.

Finish It…End with a call to action. Offer encouragement or tips on how to reach whatever goal or challenge you have set forth.

Now that you have written your “something”—whatever it may be—simply walk away…take time for what you have written to resonate in your head for a while…

Decide if what you have written is worth keeping and editing. Trash it if you need to…it’s your piece of work…

Just keep writing!!!

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Heading Off to Work

So You Want To “Be” a Writer

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Over the last year I have spent the first hour of each day writing…writing this so-called blog, writing in my journal, writing in my Happy Planner, writing in my journaling Bible, or writing on any other paper that might be within hand’s reach first thing in the morning.

Writing has now become such an ingrained habit in my daily routine that if I don’t get this opportunity to write for an hour, my whole day is shot straight to hell…well, not quite that…but does get off to a bad start.

 

But what did it take for this writing habit to become as normal a part of daily existence as closing the refrigerator door after opening it?! What does it take for almost any habit to become so habitual that you rarely have to think about it anymore at all?

 

The first step to adopting a new habit is to recognize the obstacles that are standing in your way and find ways to overcome them.

 

Obstacles are one of those things that you either love or hate…

There are so many different obstacles that each of us must overcome, regardless of who we are, what we do, how we believe, or any other regardless that we could possibly think of.

 

And you either see obstacles as challenges or view them as excuses to give up and quit.

 

 

But your reaction to these obstacles is a choice.

We could all allow our whatever-they-may-be obstacles to hinder us from achieving, or even attempting, our goals…

Or we could allow these obstacles to only slow our progress and make us try harder…still continuing forward, but not giving up.

 

So in this “Now What” series of posts, I am going to talk about how I overcame one of my hardest obstacles—the ability to wake up in the morning…and developed the new habit of writing, especially after starting all of the tools in our previous “Now What” section about ways to get the best sleep ever.