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Feb 11, 2019 15:16:14

Losing steam on 200wad

by @jasonleow | 391 words | 580🔥 | 619💌

Jason Leow

Current day streak: 580🔥
Total posts: 619💌
Total words: 378550 (1514 pages 📄)

It's been 66 days since I started writing everyday. And I'm losing steam to continue.

What spurred me to get on 200wad in the first place was that I felt like I had a huge backlog of stuff that I kept putting off till later. The frustration of perpetual postponing led me to a 66 streak run as of today. There were other bonus reasons of course, but that was the dominant one.

But looking back at the writing topics I listed on Day 2, it seems I covered most of it. It feels like I had written most of what I initially set out to write. And to be honest, I do feel like I'm running dry on interesting topics to write. Interesting to me, that is. I could write posts for my #publicbook, but that doesn't interest me enough to want to write it everyday

If you achieved your original purpose for writing on 200wad, then what next? Invent a new one to keep writing everyday? Drop the streak and write only when you want/need to? Drop it entirely, without guilt, and say thank you?


Another difficulty I have is how writing 200 words everyday still doesn't feel like a habit yet. @nicksimard talked about this in a recent post, asking if daily writing was a habit yet. It really got me thinking and honestly, right now, it's starting to feel like a chore more times than it doesn't. Unlike when I just started. When it starts to feel like work, do you push through and continue? 

Or is this a natural slump in the cycle of forming new habits? Reading James Clear's Atomic Habits, he mentioned

On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally's study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit. 

What a crazy coincidence!!! He said it take 66 days on average to form an automatic habit, right where I am right now on my streak! 😱 But then again, perhaps I might be closer to the 254-days end of the spectrum?! Oh god I can't imagine.

Meditate on this, I shall......



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    @jasonleow It's like many other things. Part of you has to like writing, a lot, even if another part doesn't enjoy the process. But if you don't like writing enough to do it indefinitely, the process will eventually get to you.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Feb 11, 2019 08:59:07
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    @jasonleow best wishes

    Gokila Sakthi Ram avatar Gokila Sakthi Ram | Feb 11, 2019 11:57:27
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      @gokiram thanks!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 11, 2019 20:32:20
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    @jasonleow Your average word count for your posts is quite high! Take it easy :)

    After 3 months of writing, I feel like there is always something to write about. It's not always super duper deep at the time, but I hope someday in the future I will be able to connect the dots and make something out of it.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 11, 2019 14:39:27
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      @basilesamel thanks for the encouragement! Yeah I realised I tend to write like 500-700 on average...it feels like it does take that long to fully say what I want to say, unless the topic lends itself to a short one. Maybe will try to keep thing shortER and not so deep for a change and see how that feels..

      Since you clocked 3 months already, maybe you can share - did you have any slumps along the way? At 2 month mark? Wondering if it's like a natural slump in the cycle!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 11, 2019 15:50:27
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      @jasonleow tbh, the more I write, the more I get ideas to write about

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 11, 2019 15:08:04
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      @basilesamel interesting. Writing as generative activity, instead of derivative. Perhaps that's the new paradigm I gotta try out

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 11, 2019 20:33:55
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