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Last week I accepted the ShutUpAndWriteathon offered by Stella Orange. It was one of the best things I have done for myself in quite some time. At first, I was like what is this and why do I need to do something like this? Is this another gimmick to get something sold or get found by doing something wild and crazy? It was none of those things at all. Just a way to help people find time to write.

 

So the little thoughts in my head were telling me, you already write so is this really necessary?

 

The answer: A resounding, Yes!

 

The ShutUpAndWriteathon was actually a way to get those (me) who have a hard time writing something because they are swamped with too many tasks in a day to write or those who simply procrastinate on everything and always complain that they do not have enough time in the day to be bothered with writing or whatever you do.

 

Well, I don’t fall into either category (maybe a little). Anyhow, I accepted the challenge and am very glad I did. As a result, I learned some important things, including the following:

 

#1 Set Aside Time

 

I chose to set aside 10 minutes a day to write something and it was rather refreshing to learn just how much could be written in the span of 10 minutes. And even though I write for longer periods of time throughout the day, the 10-minute time frame was targeted for a specific purpose.

 

#2 Things Happen When You Start

 

Nothing is going to happen until you start. If you’ve been wanting to start your own business, do some affiliate marketing, or learn a new subject, get started now by making the effort to carve out time in your day.

 

Whether it’s 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or 30 minutes; start and begin to see a difference it can make in your life.

 

#3 Consistency

 

By setting my timer to alarm when 10-minutes were up helped ensure that I would write something down on my blank sheet(s) of paper. Sometimes the words didn’t mean anything and neither did they make sense, but I kept on writing anyway.

 

By writing every day at the same time of the ShutUpAndWriteathon challenge, was, and is a way to help focus on what needed to be done and maintain a routine. This doesn’t mean you have to whatever it is you do every day, just make sure whenever you decide that you are consistent.

 

#4 Accountability

 

By signing up for the writing challenge, someone other than myself knows that I have committed myself to writing for a specific time period. As such, it helps make the challenge one that I am more than likely to complete.

 

#5 Contentment

 

I am enjoying every moment of this writing challenge (it’s still going on)! Couldn’t be any happier especially since it helps me with all the writing I have to do within a week.

 

There you have it! What’s keeping you from writing or from completing projects you say or think you don’t have time for? Feel free to share your thoughts in our comments section below.

 

 

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