I want to be a writer. I think. Probably partly because I’m influenced by those types of people but also because there’s a lot in my heart that I’m pretty sure is worth sharing. However, I’ve always struggled with this task of writing; it’s a lot of work.
Recently I read an article that said if you want to be more productive, wake up every morning and hand write three pages. So the next day, I did that. Except it was one page. Then the next day I did it again. I struggled with what to write and it didn’t feel like I was becoming any more productive, but I kept writing for just a few more days and then something really cool happened.
Since I was struggling with what to write, I began simply recalling what happened yesterday and what I needed to do today. Two guys had told me some things they were struggling with, and so I was writing about my conversation with them. I then paused for a moment, sat back to reflect and found myself with an attitude of prayer for them. And then the cool thing happened: I cried (something I don’t often do). This is cool because, HAD I NOT SIT DOWN TO WRITE, MY TEARS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.
And then it hit me: there is incredible power in simply reflecting on the events of my day. It’s incredible because, in the case of the two guys, I feel a greater sense of empowerment and need for action in their lives.
For the past week, I haven’t been able to stop writing. The ideas flowing from my pen seem to be coming out of nowhere. They’re deeper, better, and I walk away feeling excited for what’s next. So yes, I’d say I’m more productive. Btw, you can read that article on lifehacker here.
And now, I’m planning to buy more notebooks. And G2 pens.