Commit to it, tell people what you're going to do then you won't have an excuse.

This will be a super concise post, but it hopefully serves a greater purpose.

In a nutshell, at the start of 2016 I said I would blog at least once every week.

It didn't happen.

As of today, I have one lonely post to my name. What went wrong?

Well, I suspect it was the casual, half-assed language in my commitment.

It was just too easy to say:

  • I don't have any time
  • I don't know what to write
  • I don't feel motivated, maybe tomorrow

So, I've reframed the way I look at it:

  • I will write something every day
  • I will post something every day
  • No excuses

Now wriggle out of that one!

If only it was as simple as that.

I've said all this before and still find myself in the same place. So I need to break down each of those excuses one by one.

1. I don't have any time
The commitment to 'write something every day' is key. It is open in that it does not dictate how much I need to write, but it does say that it has to be 'every day'. My plan is to write early in the morning when motivation is high and emails are quieter.

2. I don't know what to write
Today I will create a Trello board with 3 lists. 'Post Ideas', 'Scheduled Posts' and 'Completed Posts'

By gamifying the process I will get a sense of completion when moving posts from one list to the next. And by scheduling posts in advance; the 'not knowing what to write' excuse just goes away.

3. I don't feel motivated, maybe tomorrow
Motivation is what separates people. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. I've never been able to find a silver bullet cure for motivation, so there's only one way I can think of to tackle it.

'Man-up soft lad, and see the title to this blog post.'

Say you'll do something, then do it.