On Tuesday March 1st I set out to challenge myself to write 31 posts in 31 days.
The point of the exercise was to see if I could maximize my output with the tips I preach within the blog.
So far, the most difficult aspect has been deciding on the type of content to write and in what order.
With that in mind, Monday's will emphasize what has already been written. It's a roundup of all my articles the previous week here at http://david.writerlife.me
So, without further ado - here's the roundup for March 1-7.
Tuesday March 1 - How To Get S#!T Done!
In this post, I discuss the value of showing your work, as discussed by Austin Kleon in his book "Show Your Work"- a short, quick read that I have gotten into lately.
I used the image of a sausage maker for you, the reader, to grasp the analogy that it's all about the process and me showing you how I go about blogging.
Wednesday March 2 - How To Invert Your Publishing Calendar And Engage More Readers
This is the actual announcement that I'm on a 31 day publishing challenge. I discuss why publishing the first two articles actually makes more sense.
By being out of sequence the idea was to generate some interest in the challenge by showing my process before announcing my publishing ambitions.
One caveat here: That announcing my goals is proven to actually limit the chances of success. In the post I discuss (and link) an article that discusses the research behind it. You can click (and link) to see the article, or click HERE.
Thursday March 3 - How To Make Your Success EPIC
Rarely do you hear someone say; "Man I enjoy being mediocre." For those that do aspire for the average, this post isn't for them.
In it, the emphasis is by getting off your "duff" and do something. Fear is for the timid. Doing is for the brave.
Make It Epic
The point is, we learn more by doing than sitting on the sidelines and if you have something you want to accomplish, the only way to see it happen is to MAKE it happen.
Friday March 4 - The Myth Of Hyper-Productivity
Having just preached that you need to get off your butt and do something, along comes a contradictory warning about the dangers, and lies, of doing too much.
It's a myth that we developed as a society, one that is as antiquated as it is based on falsehoods.
There's plenty of research you can find that proves we need to rest as much as we are active, and productivity research shows that without periods of reset, we actually reach a point of diminishing returns much faster.
Good luck with running that marathon after going on a 100 mile bike-ride...
Saturday March 5 - The Executioner's Revenge (Part One)
In Part One of this two-part article, I lay out 4 necessary steps that will guarantee success for any goal, or objective, you set out to accomplish.
Phase 1 is to plan. Plan as if you know every minor detail, every major hurdle that will come your way. But know that there are going to be circumstances beyond your control.
Phase 2 is to take action. You can kill yourself in the details, if you allow it. But by taking action, often before you feel ready, you're going to learn what is, and is not, going to work for you.
Knowledge is experiential, and you can only learn by doing.
So sit down and make a plan. Then get off the couch and get running, or jumping, or whatever.
But just get started on something.
Because it's all about phase 3 that is the most important factor to your success.
Sunday March 6 - The Executioner's Revenge PART TWO
In Part One of this two-part article, I lay out the need for planning and action as two of the four most important factors influencing whether you're successful or not.
In Part Two, I discuss the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR toward your chance at success.
That deciding factor is: Recalibrate your self.
First, you planned. Next you acted. But now you need to take stock of where you are, how far you've gone and what changes you need to make in order to create the clearest path to your goals. If you're able to be flexible and reset your trajectory, you have the best chance for success.
So that's the week 1 round-up. As Lloyd Christmas says in the movie Dumb and Dumber: