Normally, this would be the point where I mention blowing the dust off my keyboard since I haven’t updated my blog since April. Thing is, I don’t have to do that as I spent the last month working on a fiction piece as well as transcribing interviews from our trip to Arizona over spring break, which resulted in about 10,000 words. Excuse me while I stand on my chair and celebrate with my own hearty congratulations.
Ooh, bad idea. The desk chair rotates as well as rolls. Lemme get down before I brain myself.
Thing is, I can’t take the credit for accomplishing what amounts to a monster level of writing for me. Ask any of the professors from my MFA, and they’ll tell you there’s no way Jake accomplished that much work by himself. I didn’t; I stole an idea.
Every month, there’s this very nice lady who creates an event in Facebook where the invitees post mileage and other fitness goals for themselves then provide posts, documenting their progress in achieving these goals. Because those who participate in the group are wonderfully generous themselves, whenever anyone posts, they get flooded with positive support along with a modicum of ornery banter.
In addition to the support I receive from this crew, I also gleaned ideas such as running twice in a day, setting a mileage goal for cycling, and adding whole body exercise routines to my repertoire, things I wouldn’t consider myself, which results in me feeling better and being far more confident than I ever have before.
So I stole this idea of doing a monthly mileage challenge on Facebook and created a monthly writing challenge after discovering one of my fellow runners is also a fellow writer with a similar need for accountability. I set it up, invited other writers, and set a goal of writing 25 hours in June.
Which I did.
After skipping a bunch of days.
You see, I figured I could write for an hour each day. (We were less than a week into June when I created the challenge.)
I found it was harder to carve the time out than I first assumed.
Which meant I had to up my daily production.
Forcing myself to write for two hours and forty-five minutes some days.
And because I created this group challenge, there was no way I was going to miss my goal, so I kept at it.
And I learned something. Three things, actually.
- I learned that setting a goal and sharing that goal along with progress made in achieving it with others working toward similar goals nets you many cheerleaders.
- I learned that slacking off early makes more work for you in the end.
- I learned that spending time doing something important not only creates progress, it also reveals the person I want to be more often.
So if there’s something out there you want to do, procrastinating will get you nowhere. I should know.
Set a goal, share it with others pursuing similar goals, and root each other on till the end. You might not cross the finish line first, but you will move further down the road.