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How Writing for One Hour a Day Can Improve The Quality of Your Life

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Keep the noise out by using noise cancellation headphones, if possible.

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How Writing for One Hour a Day Can Improve The Quality of Your Life

How Writing for One Hour a Day Can Improve The Quality of Your Life

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One hour of writing

Writing for an hour a day can improve your personal and professional life.

A lot can be accomplished by a focused hour of creation time, in which you are not disturbed. Deep creativity tasks, when done just a little daily, can become a lot in a year.

Increment progress matters

We tend to underestimate incremental progress. Successful people have a willingness to set micro goals and focus on the process instead of the end goal. It is natural for many to miss this as they cannot see the immediate progress.

Writing helps mental health

Writing daily can help in improving our mental health.

  • It lowers anxiety
  • It makes us feel present for that time
  • A good habit that we enjoy makes us look forward to it
  • It heals our painful experiences by making us see them objectively.

Timing and easing in

To start writing an hour a day: Figure out which part of the day you are doing unessential or no work.

Then, instead of starting with the notion that you will write for an hour, just focus on the fact that you will sit, open a notepad or your laptop, and will write.

Tips to keep writing

Create the right, distraction-free conditions to help you keep writing.

  • If you plan to write in the morning, make the arrangements, like the pen/notepad and sitting place the night before.
  • Use a simple writing software if you are on your laptop, removing clutter so that you only focus on your writing.

Keep the phone away

The smartphone is the biggest culprit towards your constant distraction.

Leave your smartphone in some other room for an hour to focus on your writing.

Use headphones to remove noise

Keep the noise out by using noise cancellation headphones, if possible.

You can also put soothing instrumental or beats oriented music that doesn't distract you but keeps out the noise.

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