My most unusual habit that helped me become successful is writing a thousand words a day for public. I also journal every day, but I don’t even count that in my writing log.
I gauge only the pieces that I’m going to publish (even if I publish them to one coaching client or in email to one reader).
This is not weird, but unusual.
I have my fair share of weird habits (for example instead of coming down from a train platform, like everybody else does, I jump on tracks and shave off a dozen seconds on my road to home), but they hardly made me successful.
What’s so Unusual about This Habit?
I know thousands of authors. Very few of them write every day. Even fewer write at least 1,000 words a day.
What is more, I have a day job. If you take into account a full-time job, the group of authors who write thousand words a day shrinks considerably.
And I’ve been doing it since 23rd of September 2013.
Every. Single. Day.
Well, back then my aim was 800 words a day. I had upped my game after several months.
Different than Other Authors
So, the most unusual thing is my consistency. I simply don’t have possibilities to close in a hotel for two weeks and crank out 10,000 words a day. I compensate for that with my consistency.
This month (March 2017) was good. I didn’t reach my word count only three times. But it means I exceeded it 28 times. Once I even wrote over 2,000 words (on 25th of March).
The other thing is that I write for audience. Plenty of great authors spent many years, decades even, writing to a drawer.
I didn’t. I published my first blog post in December 2012 and my first book in May 2013. Since then I practically never wrote to a drawer. Almost my whole output gets published on the Internet and I can immediately feel the response from my readers.
What is more, I don’t write fiction, so my writing doesn’t have to be beautiful, it has to be effective.
Instant feedback loop provided by my readers allows me to improve my writing on the go, without spending decades in apprenticeship.
I guess so. I have over fifteen hundred people on my email list. A few thousand readers are following me on Quora, Medium and a couple more social media.
My answers on Quora got over 2.5 million views (and it took only about 700 answers to reach that point).
I self-published 15 books. They sold over 28,000 copies. In 2017 my royalties exceeded my day job salary (Senior IT Consultant in a huge global corporation).
My works has been mentioned on Forbes and Business Insider. I contribute to a few online magazines. I contributed to a couple of books of my friends, because they reached out to me and asked for help. People invite me to their podcasts.
I guess I’m successful.
And this habit has a lot to do with it.
In developing habits, consistency is more important than results, because consistency brings results, not the other way around.