Routines — Challenge: Day 2

Ah, the first real day of this writing challenge. I’m sitting down, drink in hand, keyboard in front of me with absolutely no idea what I️ am to write about.

This is why I believe this challenge is good for me. It’s going to stretch my mind and get me in the habit of writing often.

Some people enjoy playing off the wall and doing things sporadically. Not me. I’m the kind of person that loves structure and schedule — that makes me sound like a tight ass. I’m not, I️ just really think organization and routine is a great way to channel productivity.

It’s routine that allows me to go to the gym first thing in the morning. I️ am motivated to get up and hit the weights to start my day. I️ have a morning ritual (coffee, oatmeal, and iPad) I️ follow and the gym is my first move of the day. Overtime, I️’ve become acclamated and enjoy this. I️ expect the gym to be step 1 — that’s the routine.

I️ get agitated if I️ don’t follow this when I️ know I️ should. It throws the rest of my day off; I️ feel I’ve done myself a disservice.

The simple fact I️ have a routine allows me to stay on track. You need to follow a process that leads you to what you want to achieve. It serves as a reference and a way for you to spot when you are slacking.

Just think, without a clear routine, you could hardly do anything. What if your boss or professor said “We’ll come in 3 times this week, but I️ don’t really know when.” You’d be baffled and clueless!

Take it to what you love

Create a routine that leads you to the life you want to live. If you want to learn to play the guitar, create a routine. If you want to improve your studies in school, create a plan. If you want to write at a higher level, designate a time and place to do that.

Get a routine and follow it! Do the best you can and recognize when you aren’t doing what you know you really should.

My routine for this 30 day challenge is still in the works. I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me. I’m sure in the coming weeks, I’ll be surprised how much a sound routine has made me into a better writer!


- AZ

Day 2 of my 30 day writing challenge. Click here to read day 1.

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.