The New Year is just a few days away, which means lots of people are setting goals, making resolutions, and thinking about all the ways to be happier, healthier, and more successful in the coming year.
Goals and resolutions can both be great motivators, but a success trick that often gets overlooked is habits.
So I thought I’d share three good habits for writers that have had the biggest impact on my success over the years.
Review Your Goals Every Morning
Whether you set goals or make resolutions, there’s a high chance that by the end of March, you’ll have gone days, if not weeks, without thinking about them.
By getting into the habit of reviewing your most important goal every morning, you give yourself a regular reminder of what you’re hoping to achieve, and that daily reminder makes it more likely you’ll dedicate some time during your day to achieving that goal.
Daily action works wonders when it comes to success, so this simple habit can lead to big wins.
Do a Fast Write Every Day
I’ve written about fast writing before. This is a 10 to 15-minute session where you write without stopping or editing. You can write by hand (which I’ve been doing more of this year, and I love it!) or on your computer.
You can write stream-of-consciousness style, or you can use a writing prompt to guide your thoughts.
Doing a fast write every day has yielded several positive results for me. I uncover more ideas. Some of them turn into blogs posts. Others become projects I pitch to clients. Fast writing has helped me become better at writing without censoring myself. It’s made me a faster writer. And I hardly ever struggle with writer’s block.
Give it a try for a month and see what you think.
Go Outside Every Day
Sit on your porch for 10 minutes sipping tea. Go for a walk. Step outside after the sun goes down and look at the stars. However you do it, make it a habit to spend some time outside each day… and walking to and from the mailbox doesn’t count.
Fresh air, weather of all kinds, sunlight… the outdoors is just good for you. It will help clear your head. It will lift your mood. I’m consistently more content and productive when I honor this habit.
So there you have it. Three positive habits that will help you cultivate health, happiness, and success in the New Year. I’d love to hear about your own positive habits. Please share them in the comments.
New on the Site
When Andrew Murray first became Wealthy Web Writer’s Reality Blogger, there was one aspect of the job he wasn’t particularly excited about. It wasn’t a problem, but he didn’t imagine it would be much of a help to his success either. It turns out, it made a big difference. Andrew shares what it is in his second-to-last Reality Blog post. Give it a read and see if this same simple idea can help your business, too.
Not only are small businesses abundant, they also have a lot of copy needs. If you’re inclined, you can potentially build your entire web-writing business around serving the many writing needs of the small businesses located near where you live. John Torre gives you plenty of ideas for how you might serve your small business clients right here.
Even if you don’t want to write sales copy, your writing will still benefit from persuasion. In this Roving Report, Susanna Perkins shares insights from Rebecca Matter about how everything you write has a persuasive element to it, how being persuasive can help your reader, and more. Go here to meet your new superpower.
Around the Web
2020 has changed the way we do a lot of things. See how the strange events of this past year have shaped social media trends.
When it comes to blogs, your headlines matter. CoSchedule has put together a mega post to help you write catchier, more grabbing blog titles.
Businesses of all shapes and sizes can benefit from blogging. Here are some key points to keep in mind for blogging success.
This read about creative ways designers promote their services might inspire your own creative ideas for promoting your writing services.
That’s all for now. Make it a great week and have a Happy New Year!