I really didn’t want to leave this blog I started just lying about so carelessly, but what do you know, I totally have, and it’s galloped from mid June to Sept – frigging – tember!
I have had spare time, although in my defence I have been working more hours this summer than I ever have. So those hours I’ve not been actually at work, or spent thinking about our business, have been used desperately seeking adequate down time.
NB: downtime, defo needs more than just one day to really fulfil that hitting the refreshed button feeling.
Anyway, this post isn’t here to bore on about my overwork feeling. The refreshed button feeling got totally pressed this BH weekend just gone after three nights away, with the wife and a tent, some lucky glorious weather and all the fresh beach air you can blow at me.
The properly rested “me” feeling, the reversion to normality in work in terms of hours worked at the cutting edge, and the new month – HELLO SEPTEMBER – has given me all the back to school feels I needed to set myself somewhat of a challenge.
I have had this ‘challenge’ idea in my head for a while, as I really want to form the habit of writing here on my blog, and without some form of accountability to do so to myself, I have clearly let something I wish to do sort of fall by the wayside.
Therefore I’m setting myself a little project, so originally entitled… PROJECT SEPTEMBER!
SOME BACKGROUND NOTES
The root of this challenge stems from my time completing the month long challenge of NaNoWriMo in 2015. [Aside – if you’ve never heard of the NaNoWriMo concept before, it is basically to write a novel of 50,000 words in the month of November. It’s a global challenge that is partaken in, and requires fast, mass, continuous, writing, unashamedly, for one month. I wrote a 50,000+ entire novel in November 2015].
Now I’m not going to write 50,000 words here in one month… but I’m sure people have done something like I’m proposing mentally so many times to their blogs , but I’m writing it and stating it here to myself as a way of making myself accountable.
I’ll properly touch on this subject again sometime I’m sure, but I’m a massive Gretchen Rubin fan. I love her book, Better than Before, and I am a massive fan of her Four Tendencies framework. In most areas of my life I believe I’m an ‘Upholder’, however when it comes to blogging (and going to the gym for that matter), I think I may be leaning towards being an Obliger, and therefore because I have no one to oblige, I simply don’t do something, that personally I wish to do.
That para above is to give some backing to the reason of why I need, and am therefore setting, myself up with some accountability.
I’m putting it out there that I am setting myself a challenge… and I really want to commit fully and fulfil self-set challenge!
So what am I proposing that my so-called PROJECT SEPTEMBER will be?
- I will write & publish a blog post daily from the 1st September (today!) through to the 30th September.
- This can be written at any time in advance, but the aim is to be hitting publish on a post each day.
This challenge is in the main about creating accountability to get me writing here on my blog, about creating a habit, forcing the time to be made, and not worrying too much about quality, or what other people do, or what people may think. I’m not going totally into the NaNoWriMo mindset… but I do wish to adopt some of the more free spirited mentality to somewhat get me in gear!
If after my September, 30 day stint, I’m not
- enjoying it
- feeling it’s pointless
- feeling zero improvement in writing and
- feeling little engagement and that bothers me...
I can sack off even thinking about writing a blog and just be a dutiful blog reader… until then, I want to stop bloody thinking about what I’d “like” to write, stop feeling like I’m not good enough, and stop feeling like everyone else makes time to write awessome blogs and I can’t. I’m forcing my hands to have a bash with some real focus, and then I can decide either way!!
Wish me luck!