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The Benefits of Writing

The Benefits of Writing

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Why spend the time writing? For me, there are four reasons why I do so:

  1. To process my thoughts

    Just as some people are verbal processors, I am sometimes a written processor. Getting thoughts on paper allows me to clarify them and distill my perspective. With writing, I can argue with myself. I can synthesize disparate ideas. I can consider the implications of different scenarios and decide which is best. In brief, writing gives my thinking superpowers.

  2. To remember things better

    I find it easy to forget things, but writing helps solidify them in my mind. What were the last four books you read and the plot lines or theses of them? It’s probably hard for us to remember in detail. If we write a summary about each of them, we’ll dramatically increase our chances of remembering. 
    In today’s society, we are bombarded with information. The key becomes how to actually retain it. In my experience, writing helps me to do this better.

  3. To teach others

    When you see that light bulb go off in their mind and their face lights up, I get excited. The same thing happens through writing, albeit virtually. To see people engage with a new idea, learn or improve a skill, or get a question answered is very satisfying. I also have this desire to pass along what I’ve learned; it’s sort of a way to pay it forward.

  4. I enjoy it

    The process of writing is enjoyable. All of the above reasons contribute to the enjoyment as well. Simply put, it’s a pleasurable activity for me.

  5. Bonus: Following

    Bonus one: If the writing is compelling enough, you may gain a following. Regardless of whether that happens or not, it’s still worth it for the above reasons.

What is something you spend time doing that isn’t commonly done by others?


When the Honeymoon Ends

What do you do when the honeymoon ends? You keep going, but hopefully with renewed perspective.

My wife, Aria, and I had a wonderful honeymoon after a small family wedding during the time of covid (June 2020). As the Heath Brothers point out, transitions and events are great times to start new habits that will stick better. As I reflected near the end of the honeymoon, I wrote a list of new goals and changes that I want to implement. 

  • Stretch for five minutes daily
  • Do yoga for 1.5 hours twice per week
  • Walk, bike, or stretch during all non-presenting work meetings
  • Write daily
  • Resume meditating daily
  • Edit and print two to three photographs that I’ve taken
  • Buy a big calendar and use it to track major upcoming events
  • Have people over for dinner at least every other week
  • Find something to become extremely passionate and knowledgeable about and become an expert
  • Be less stressed about work
  • Be more focused on big rock items at work
  • Take one day off every two months
  • Continue learning to code
  • Find a list of total solar eclipses and determine which one(s) I could try to see

Do you have any new goals? How do you track your progress? Let me know in the comments below.