I’ve mentioned a few times before on the blog that I enjoy yoga. I’ve recently buckled down and really committed myself to practicing yoga daily. After completing Fightmaster Yoga’s 30 Day Beginner’s Challenge, I moved on to a more difficult challenge called Yoga Fix 90. The tagline of the Yoga Fix 90 program is “90 Days to Create a Healthy Habit.” In her introductory video for Yoga Fix 90, Leslie mentions that it takes 66 days to create a habit, so the idea behind the program is that by the end of the 90 days, yoga will be a part of your everyday life.
I’m only 11 days into this challenge so I can’t say if it worked yet, but it got me thinking…
66 days to create a habit, huh?
Any habit? Any habit at all?
I’ve talked about how I’m not a daily writer on the blog in the past. Check out Why Writing Every Day Kills the Writer to read more on that topic. The entire idea of writing every day for 66 days goes against everything I discuss in that post, so I feel a bit hypocritical here, but I am genuinely curious to see if maybe a “wave writer” like me could become a daily writer simply by writing for 66 days until it becomes second nature.
I’ve decided to embark on an experiment to see if this is true. I’ll be continuing my yoga practice, but in addition to the yoga, I’ll also be applying this to my writing. I invite you to take on this experiment with me!
Here are the rules…
Well not so much rules as things I am going to abide by to make sure I’m not cutting corners. Feel free to modify to your liking or disregard anything you don’t like if you’re joining me. After all, this is an experiment, not a step-by-step guide.
A minimum of 100 words must be written every day
If that number scares you, allow me to put it in perspective. 100 words is a short paragraph of anywhere between 5-8 sentences. Easy peasy, right? Thought so. I usually aim for anywhere between 500-1,000 words in each writing session, but I figure on days when I am really reluctant to write, 100 words will still be a manageable goal to keep me from completely blowing off this whole experiment.
Blog posts, social media statuses, and rough notes don’t count
You don’t have to abide by this one but I’m going to. If I’m going to be writing at least 100 words for the next 66 days, I want it to contribute to finishing my manuscript.
Blogging about this is mandatory
Again, not something you need to worry about if that’s not your style. I just feel like I’ll be more motivated to stick with this if I have an audience following my progress. I’ve always worked better under pressure and one of my biggest fears is failure. Failing in front of an audience is a terrifying enough thought to make me perform at my best. I’ll aim for a blog post a week, which is my usual blogging rate.
This starts TODAY! No Excuses!
Not next week. Not next month. Next week and next month don’t exist and never will. Today is all there is and all that will ever be. Do it today.
And that’s it! Not too many rules, but I don’t need many. Just a few to give me some direction and keep me on the right path, in the same way that Leslie’s yoga videos provide me with direction and keep me on track with my yoga practice.
What happens in 66 days?
In 66 days, I will return to the blog to let you know the results. If I feel like writing every day has just become something I always do without effort, I’ll consider the experiment successful. If I’m still feeling like I’m dragging my feet and that I’m only doing it because I have to, I’m calling the experiment a failure. Of course, I really, really, really want it to be a success. I would love to be able to write every day with ease, even if it’s just a little bit.
Keep in touch!
If you’re going to be joining me, whether you’re reading this the day it gets posted and decide to write along with me, or whether you’re reading this at some point in the future and jump into this late, I am eager to read your comments. Let me know how you’re doing with this. I’d like to know how this turned out for you.
Use the hashtag #66dayswrite on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter if you plan to share your experience.