The Entrepreneur's Guide to a Daily Writing Habit

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You can be an entrepreneur and have a great writing habit.

Wait, what?

That’s right. You can own a business, be married, have kids, and drink 12 cups of coffee an day and STILL have a great writing habit that can help promote your hustle!

But how?

Very carefully. 

Most entrepreneurs will never know what a daily writing habit could do for them because they’re too busy letting their minds be busy. If you or someone you know is always on the go and never takes time to stop and regroup for a couple of seconds, chances are their minds a so full of half-baked ideas, raw thoughts, and never-fleshed-out business plans that they don’t know what to do with it all.

It’s simple, really: write it down.

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Idea Generation

One of the biggest and best reasons why entrepreneurs can benefit from a daily writing habit is because ideas aren’t going to write themselves down. You have to have a place to go to nurture and develop the ideas that will change people’s lives.

James Altucher, author of “Choose Yourself”,  talks about ways to have great ideas and mentions making a list day of 10 ideas about a particular topic. Think of a daily writing habit less as a “thing” that you have to do and more of a space for you to generate ideas.

Write them all down, every great or bad idea. Every list, every poem, every scribble or rhyme, every time something worth something enters your head, write it down. If you need to pick up some field notes and keep on in your back pocket. 

By doing this, you are teaching your brain that it’s okay to have ideas, good or bad. You’re creating a safe place for you to be yourself; a place for you to be able to get to the root of why you do what you do, why you care to accomplish anything at all. Not only this, but you are getting it all out of your head and onto paper (or a Word document) where it somehow becomes more real and less of some distant possibility.

It’s the first step towards becoming a better business owner and human being. People love human beings. They’ll buy that over someone who is too busy to care.

Increased productivity, focus, and overall well being.

When you take the time to stop and reflect on what is truly in front of you, your focus will go through the roof. You will learn how to make sense of your own ideas and will be able to shift your energy to the places that need it most.

Whatever your hustle is, you’ll be able to take more ownership.

By writing daily, your mind begins to clear up. You become someone who is able to focus less on the clutter and more on the grind. 

So how does one develop a daily writing habit?

It’s simple: write.

There’s really no other way around it. Write about everything that passes through your mind until you have something that catches your attention enough to expound on it. 

Set a timer and challenge yourself to reach a certain word count by the time the buzzer goes off. Putting restraints on your writing can sometimes bring out the best of you.

You’ll be amazed at how many words come out of you by the time you’re done writing.

Reflection points

If anything, a daily writing habit allows you to create a series of reflection points for you to track your progress. You create snapshots of what you’re doing, what’s working, what isn’t working, areas that you need to grow, accomplishments, and so on every time that you write honestly. It’s cool as an entrepreneur to come back to points of your development and realize where you were at at a certain point. It’s provides perspective to something that would otherwise have gone unnoticed at times. Not only this, but it boosts clarity and creativity overall, which helps your reflection moments become sharp.

Your daily writing habit develop a strong personal discipline that will transfer to other areas of your life. Your overall effectiveness will begin to increase as you start to give your brain some time on the bench to rest. With so many ideas and thoughts going at once, it’s no wonder why most entrepreneurs may feel burnout on a deeper level.

What are you waiting for?

Do the damn thing. 

Go ahead.

Get out a piece of paper and a pen and write

Open up a Word document and get everything out.

Quit procrastinating. 

What are you waiting for?

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2 Comments

Makenzie (Ken) Clench

Well said, I absolutely agree with you here!

I’m a writer in the early stages of my professional career (though I’ve been writing for years), and I went from posting essays to my site sporadically to posting 7 days a week. Not only did this help bring an uptick of visitors to my site – I used t joke that I had 5 readers, and 2 of them were me – but the challenge of writing every day has actually INCREASED my creativity. My timidity toward subjects and ideas has faded, and I’m getting better as a writer through the daily habit.

The habit is absolutely doable AND it will show real results if people stick to it.

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Robbie Williford

Ken,

It’s great to hear that you’ve seen results from this habit. Tell us–what are some things that you would add to this that have worked for you? We find that it’s different for everyone, and can even be different for people in different fields.

Thanks for the feedback!

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