I’m just going to say this, because maybe you will understand: sometimes I go about things all wrong.
I get caught up in the must-try’s, the should-do’s, the best practices, and I forget to filter them through the lens of what makes sense for ME.
Those things might work in general, and they might be great for someone else. But most of the time, what I learn by trying to do what works for someone else is that I’m not someone else.
We’re talking about designing our own creative habits at The Gift of Writing this week:
I have this idea, every once in a while, that I need to improve my habits. I need to drink more water, get more fresh air, walk the dog. I don’t even have a dog.
So you can imagine what happens when I read a blog or a book or a helpful message telling me I need to get up earlier to write first thing in the morning.
My best intentions—having shiny good habits, being an early bird, getting all the worms, etc—turn into burning the candle at both ends, and that much fire will turn your life into a disaster zone right quick.
If you’re a writer (or any sort of creative person, really), come on over and read the whole story, and tell us how you create sustainable habits that work for YOU.