What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.Zig Ziglar
It Started with a Talking…
Let me start off by saying, I love 750words.com. I first learned about this website through copywriter genius Laura Belgray from Talking Shrimp. I've been trying to find a way to schedule writing. I didn't necessarily want to start a journal, but I did want to get my thoughts out each day. The first time around, I folded within three days. I felt 750 words a day was impossible! But I have to say after I was able to stick with it for a week, I made it a point to keep writing. However, I told myself if I missed one more time, I had to quit the website. I started making it a morning ritual, which didn't work out initially, so I began to write throughout the day. I wasn't so much concerned about what I was writing about; I just wanted to get thoughts down on paper, err virtual paper.
On Sundays, my entries would sound more academic than others. That is, I spent a lot of my time conversing with myself and working out complex problems. When I would write at night, it would clear my mind for the next day. Not to mention that I would have a good night's sleep, not having to stay up pondering about what I need to do. When I would write in the morning again, it would clear my mind so that I could start my day on the right foot or in this case, with the right mindset. I was hooked on trying to unlock as many badges as possible. I started trying to beat my own score, and that's what kept me going. So this is all good and gravy, why did I stop?
What Made Me Quit
There are several reasons why I quit 750words.com. First off, remember what I said at the beginning? One night where my brother-in-law decided to talk my ear off, I completely forgot about writing. The sad part is that I sat here in front of my desk during the day ready to write, and then I said I'll do it later. Famous last words. I was roughly 20 days away from reaching my 200-day streak when this happened. I told myself I can start over, but I have now developed a habit of writing every day that I didn't even really need this site to prompt me to write. Overall I wrote for about six months starting in May 2019.
Yes, the badge that I unlocked was the 50,000 words in a month badge, which to me, is my proudest badge. I managed to write most of it in 15 days. That's roughly 3000 words a day. I guess you can say that after I got that badge, I didn't really care. I didn't care if I made it to 200 days or even the more coverage Griffin five years. I just knew that if I can write 3000 words a day, I'm good. This also freed me up to pursue other endeavors. I look at 750words.com as a good starting point for anyone who thinks they cannot write! They're more like training wheels, and once you're ready to go downhill without a helmet well, those training wheels feel more like a hindrance.
How To Keep Writing Every Day
Naturally, I took a few days off from writing to let my mind wander a little bit. Sure enough on Monday, I decided to just write again. I will have to track my own thing should I want to. I think it would be a good idea to take what I've learned from 750words.com and apply it to other things.
I may decide to start up again in January, but I will make that decision then. Otherwise, I am happy this is something that I was able to try, form part of my daily life and then leave when the time was right for me. It helped me so much in developing my writing style, and of course, scheduling the time to write. If you're looking for a way to hold yourself accountable, this is one way to do it.
Things I Loved About 750words.com
Things I loved about 750words.com:
- Seeing how it would analyze my writing. Apparently, a lot of the times, I was angry, and I was using profanity, so it was grading my entries anywhere from our to NC 17. It was good to see the things that were keeping me up at night as I can focus on them and work through them. It got better, and I did have happy and more positive entries. My top three subjects: money, food, and success.
- The badges. I think that was probably the fun part of doing 750words.com, is seeing the badge system. They make it easy for the first 30 days, and then you really have to bust your ass to get anything else, and I love that.
Things 750Words.com Could Improve
Things I would improve:
- The simple website is also wrong at times. For example, to get to your entries, you have to go through a series of menus that I can’t for the life of me, remember exactly how to get to them.
- The way subscription membership is set up could be more user-friendly. You pay via PayPal, and there isn’t a way to cancel from the site directly.
- Comic Sans. Dude gotta go.
UPDATE: December 2nd, 2019
Are you stuck? Don't know where to start? This was my answer to a recent question on the matter. There ain't no magic pill out there, y'all!
Just Do it Like Nike
“It's like anything else. You're going to have to set time aside for it. I didn't get could write 750 words in a day and then one day 3000 didn't seem so bad anymore. I wish I could tell you as easy as just saying I'd do it, but I found that I had to incorporate it slowly into my routine. Whenever I found a few minutes between tasks, I would write. I did that until I finally decided to just put it on my calendar and set a reminder. It was one of my non-negotiable tasks. My day wasn't finished until I at least wrote 750 words how did that site help me? I didn't want to miss a day and see a blemish on my record. I left it once I was sure I could keep it up on my own. Gamification, man. 🙂” – Me quoting myself.
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