Keeping to Habits

I missed a day yesterday in my quest to do daily blog posts, so I'm uploading two today. The lesson to myself here is that missing a day isn't the end of the world, if I get back on the grind the next day. The real benefit of doing daily posts is the compounding nature and accumulation of the skill and output. Instead of throwing the whole thing out because I missed a day, I just simply return to it the next day to make sure I don't miss two in a row, and to make sure the habit continues on in the face of momentary lapses. It's not a profound thought, but it's actually hard to put in practice. From a perspective of exercise or healthy nutrition, this applies just as well. Instead of throwing out the entire practice because of a missed day or an unhealthy order, just make sure to not miss two in a row, and to stack more good days than bad days. It's the continually stacking towards your goals where change can happen.

Also maybe there is a new tactic I can implement from this lapse to help mitigate failure in the future. A simple learning from a mistake moment. I could think about batch writing, where I write a bunch of posts in a dedicated hour once a week, so I have more than enough to share throughout the week in case I have a day where I can't get to it for whatever reason. Maybe this would ultimately save me time in the end, so I don't have to spend 15 mins each day getting ramped up to write, getting into the right head space, and I'll just write them all at once while I'm in a groove. Then I can just edit the better ones and send them on their way.

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