Looking back over the last few years, I have noticed a powerful correlation between regular long-form writing and the amount of enjoyment, serenity, and productivity in my life.
Whenever I have had times in my life where I’ve written a lot each and everyday, things seem to go right, I feel like I am winning.
I cannot be certain if it’s the long-form writing that causes these feeling, or if it because of these feelings that I end up writing a lot.
Or, it might a two-way street, a positive feedback loop. My guess is that it is a little bit like smiling. If you’re happy, you smile more, but it also works the other way…if you smile more, you end up in a better mood!
And so, taking the time and effort to write at least 1000 words per day is a key habit for a healthy mind. It forces discipline to ensure that you take the twenty or thirty minutes required to sit and think and type, and it also allows your mind time to think deeply about things that otherwise would go unnoticed, and can lead to uncanny insights.
I tend to do my writing early in the morning with a cup or two of coffee, before the distractions of the day take over.
However, it is becoming clear to me that if I could rid of all these distractions, I wonder what I could achieve!
This question from Sun Tzu comes to mind:
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?