Doing creative work every single day, over and over and over again, is tough work. Sometimes it feels great, like when dozens of ideas start knocking at your mind’s closed door, waiting to be sent out on a secret mission. Whilst on other days, you just want to quit, bang your big head against a wall or do both while you cry, watch tonnes of chick flicks, and eat tubs and tubs of any type of ice cream.
Blogging has taught me many lessons. First of all, I don’t really like to eat that much ice cream or watch continuous episodes of chick flicks all that much. Second thing to note, is that habits are most definitely the key to success in life. Most of us complain about not having sufficient amount time. The truth is, we do have enough time to do whatever we want, but we’re just not willing to make the sacrifices to do get it done.
Like I said, the discipline of blogging constantly has taught me many lessons. Here are five habits that blogging has taught me about being creative:
1. Do not underestimate the importance of a routine
Creative people can struggle to get work done up. In order to put in the time necessary for my own blog, I’ve had to wake up earlier than I am used to. This has done so much more for me than just simply improving on my blogging. The early hours in the morning seem to be of the most productive for most people.
I also love how Tim Sanders describes the constant need to feed your own mind a good “breakfast.” in the morning. During these early hours I try to write, read, and try to set up the course for my day.
2. There’s so much more inside of you that’s capable than you think
Sometimes people will ask, how the hell do I keep coming up with solid based material to write or work on. To be plain honest, the more you strive to write, the more creative you will definitely become. Constantly writing on something which you are passionate about or concerns you, and somehow you’ll be taking your writing to a new level as you do it.
You’ll start to see things and opinions from a new perspective as you do it. So, believe me when I say, that there is more inside of you that’s capable than you think. There are many years of creativity in you that will only get deeper through the passage of time.
3. See and seize every moment as it is an opportunity to learn something new
I used to just only live — or rather sort of let life go along while I had a good time. But when you blog constantly, it forces you to look for inspiration all the time and everywhere. Every minor conversation, every movie you watch, even every song, every book, and every damn meal you eat.
4. Always be open to positive re-enforcements or aka Criticisms
I used to dislike publishing my blog because I was afraid of the negative criticism people think about my blog. I also feared that people would judge me, think I may too young to voice out an opinion, shallow,naive, or even too simple.
You must never ever allow criticism to defeat you. Otherwise, your ideas will only live in your own mind for yourself.
5. Try not to waste time
If you blog constantly, you realise you will have to be able to sacrifice good things for greater things. I don’t watch TV much because there’s usually a blog post that is pending or needs to be drafted. An idea that needs to be developed.
Blogging trades mindless boring entertainment for creativity and also vision. I’m also able to make a small difference in people’s lives through my writing and that’s what keeps me going.
What lessons has blogging taught you?