It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post.
Writing, like almost all skills, must be practiced to remain sharp.
So, I am sitting here with a blank page staring back at me and I’ve got nothing. Nada. Zilch.
Looking back, it was a huge mistake to stop my regular blog posts.
The decision to quit writing for a while seemed reasonable. My book was almost finished so I thought that I would suspend my normal schedule and focus strictly on my book until it is submitted to my publisher.
The good news is that my book is with the editor and is off of my to-do list. However, it came at a cost.
In his book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Scott Adams makes the case that “goals are for losers”. Instead of goals, he says that systems are the way to accomplish your dreams.
When I decided to become a writer I also decided to put his theory to test. My schedule, a system, was created to handle all of my important tasks. Exercise, writing, and recording my video blog happened according to a schedule. A system.
Once the system was implemented, I found myself getting into a rhythm. My writing was getting better with each passing day. My blog posts, newsletter articles, and my daily vlog were becoming high quality productions.
Scott Adams was right, this theory was a good one, my system was producing results.
Reflecting on the last few weeks I realize the decision to give up on the system and focus my finishing my book was foolish. Although I freed up more time to work on the book project, I got out of rhythm, and my writing was more laborious and difficult. My blog posts went undone. My newsletter articles unwritten. My daily video blogs were silent.
You see, I abandoned my system to accomplish the goal of finishing the book.
Learn from me. Avoid my mistake. Build a system and put your faith in the system.
Remember, goals are for losers.