My Causerie

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table." ~ Ronald Reagan

Make blogging a new habit February 9, 2015

Filed under: ACS 213,ACS 313 — mycauserie @ 7:00 am
Photo Credit: M.Ryan Photography via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: M.Ryan Photography via Compfight cc

It takes 21 days to form a new habit. Have you heard that before? Maybe this is true for some, but for most of us, it just doesn’t work that fast. The thing is, we shouldn’t even focus on the number of days it takes to form the new habit, but just start with day 1. We can’t get to day 21, 51 or 101 without starting with day 1.

One habit public relations students need to develop is writing and writing often. Blogging can serve as a fun and engaging channel for doing just that. However, the biggest argument made by many college students is, “I don’t have time to write.”

Well, I’ve done my part to help students meet this challenge; I have made blogging a class assignment! Just think, in approximately 120 days, you may well have established a new writing habit! You can thank me later.

To help you succeed in this new habit-forming endeavor, check out the seven tips in this article by Mike Fishbein, “How to find time to create great content.

Tip #1 on the list is to write about something you are enthusiastic about; this makes the writing process easier and more fun. If you enjoy the process, you are more likely to continue past day 1!

Tip #2 suggests you do other tasks in between your writing sessions. It’s common for writers to hit road blocks, but I also think most of us can recognize what time of day is our most productive for certain tasks. Uncover your productivity peaks and take advantage of them.

Tip #3 is all about time management. We live a 24/7 life. Trying to complete tasks today can be a challenge because we have “distractions” at our fingertips, which can make it tough to get through any “to-do” list. You need to find an organizational system that works for you.

Tip #4: Just say no! Ha ha…so much easier said than done, but it is possible; give it a try.

Tips 5 – 7 are about setting goals: intermediate goals, ambitious goals and measurable goals, and Fishbein gives some great advice for each of these. I like how he breaks them into separate entities; I think it speaks to the importance of each.

If you’ve been struggling trying to develop a writing habit with your new blogging assignment, take the time to read through Fishbein’s seven tips. I think his advice could very well put your blogging on the path to becoming a great writing habit!

In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk.

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