If you aren’t in the habit of doing some form of writing on a daily basis, you may be missing out on an easy way to dramatically improve your life. No matter what you do for a living, writing is an unavoidable part of everyday life, which is why it’s important to harness your inner Hemingway by cultivating a daily writing habit.
If you groan when you hear the phrase “daily writing exercise”, think twice. Daily writing can be as much fun as it is beneficial - and the benefits are boundless! Just 15 to 30 minutes of writing when you wake up in the morning has been known to increase problem solving, creativity, focus, communication and overall success.
Daily writing exercises can be as simple as writing down your thoughts or feelings in a stream-of-consciousness style. You may be surprised what kind of self-discovery happens when you’re writing whatever comes to the forefront of your mind. Many people prefer the structure of daily goal setting with their writing, which involves writing about their daily short- mid- and long-term goals and what they can do to realize them. By keeping your eye on the prize from the second you wake up, achieving those goals becomes much easier.
Gratitude writing is another popular daily writing exercise that is known to increase overall happiness. This takes the form of writing about the positive things in your life that you appreciate. All of us experience an abundance of positive things in our daily lives, from a traffic-free commute to a day of perfect weather, but its rare if we ever take the time to stop and appreciate each and every one. When you write about all of the positive influences in your life that you're grateful for, you'll be able to appreciate them more over time.
It’s not just writers who benefit from forming a daily writing habit. Because writing is one of the strongest forms of communication, anyone who takes the time to routinely formulate and compose their thoughts onto paper will develop an increased ability to communicate. This can have a dramatic effect on people’s relationships as well as their work life.
Tonight, set a pen and paper on your nightstand. As soon as you wake up, sit up in bed and jot down whatever comes to your mind for at least 15 minutes. Give your daily writing habit a chance to develop and you might be surprised at the profound benefits it will have on your life.