31 days in what has changed?
Today is the last day of the blog-a-day challenge. So I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what has changed either directly or indirectly from blogging every day for 31 days. Not just the obvious more content output, but learnings, processes and practices that I will look to implement from now on.
Firstly I have surprised myself by how much a part of my day the daily blog has become. I have not batch written them and fed them out. But each day I have set aside the time to sit and write. As such it has become a habit. Is this a habit that u want to cultivate? I think so. I have always wanted to become a better writer and much of the advice about becoming better at anything is make it a habit and do it at volume. So maybe not everyday but certainly a cadence that I can keep up and build momentum around.
As I have discussed in previous blogs I have been seeing real success in my productivity through the compounding of meta-skills aligned with productivity. Using the Pomodoro Technique, learning to touch-type and pushups to kickstart my actions are all helping me be more active.
This has also lead my business partner at Social INK; Chris Bruno and I to have some very interesting conversations about our internal workflows both in content for the channels that we own and our clients. We both coach and deliver for our clients and feel that through adding challenges and productivity tactics into our offering there are some great benefits for everyone concerned.
Catalyst for momentum.
When we started the challenge we were not really sure about what the results would be. For me it has helped me break out of full-time daddy day care and take massive action. I am looking forward to riding this wave into next month and a new challenge!
Have you experimented with challenges at work? Maybe something to get you started after a holiday or maternity leave? I would love to collect these somewhere as I feel the challenge format is a very powerful tool.