I'm one of those (annoying) people who enthusiastically start projects without finishing them. I absolutely adore the process of preparing for a new venture, but the moment some sort of consistency is required, my excitement wanes and my momentum disappears. I have sabotaged so many worthwhile endeavors that I can no longer deny this particular shortcoming. I figure recognizing it--again--is the first step to changing things. One of these days, something has to stick, right? Right.
Instead of starting every sentence with what I
to do, I'm saying what I
I am taking action
progress right now. It's a subtle change, but it will bring better results. In addition, I've got six tips to aid me in the process of getting my act together.
1. Be an active presence online.
Pretty much every successful blogger mentions this as one of--if not THE number one--tip for growing an audience. Comment, signal boost, and share generously. There are literally millions of blogs out here in cyberspace, so the only way to get in the game is to participate. I've been slacking on the job, honestly. Yes,
, but even before that, I neglected to devote the appropriate amount of time to this site.
2. Find my unique voice.
This is my toughest hurdle when it comes to being online. I know who I am, of course, but I'm not sure how I want to present to myself. How much is too much to share? Is the subject matter even worth writing about? Further, what's in it for you, the people who
take the time to come here? So many questions I've yet to answer, but I am
giving up. The more I write, the clearer my "voice" will become.
3. Write every day and create (at least) one blog post per week.
This is conservative, but I wanted to start out with something bite-sized because I have three children and summer break has begun, so I don't want to overwhelm myself. I've done that before and burnt out every single time. In an effort to set myself up for success, I'm starting with one post. If I'm feeling uninspired, I can always head to my
Since I also have a
, I need to make sure I set aside time for that endeavor, too. Navigating between the two should give me
to do over the course of the next couple months.
4. Limit passive social media time, especially first thing in the morning.
Currently, I have a terrible habit of starting my day with Twitter, and nine times out of ten, there's some nonsense or drama that ruins my morning. I really, really need to stop doing that! Not only does it affect my writing by crowding out my personal thoughts, it sets the wrong tone for my life offline. Who needs that kind of negativity as the day begins?! Not me. Unless I've taken the time to write something, I'm staying away from that time-sucking brain-drain.
I can't tell you how many times I've ended the day cranky and exhausted, only to realize I hadn't eaten anything. Not good. My body feels better and my brain function is greatly improved when I eat well and stay hydrated. Plus, I happen to enjoy eating, y'know? :)
Now, it's your turn! How do you regain your focus when you've lost your way? And if you already have the vision, how do you maintain your consistency? Feel free to share your thoughts below!
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