How A Daily Writing Habit Can Change Your Life

Matt Lillywhite

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I get this question in my emails all the time: “What are the actual benefits of writing every day?” It’s something that a lot of aspiring writers like to ask. But for one reason or another, very few people seem to be able to come up with a decent answer.

I’m a professional writer. In essence, that means that the vast majority of my income comes from writing. And over the past twelve months, I’ve found myself achieving a lot more in my career and personal life than I ever thought possible.

Which is why I’m going to share my experience of how writing every day changed my life for the better. And if you make it a daily habit, I’m extremely confident that it will do the same for you, too.

It Helps You To Become More Disciplined.

When you show up to write every day, you’ll quickly find that many aspects of your life will quickly improve.

Why? Because you’re forced to learn useful skills such as time management, to ensure you can consistently implement writing into your daily routine. The author, Darren Hardy, said it best:

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

I write at least one article every morning. And although 1,000 words a day might not seem like much, the power of compound interest has enabled me to create a massive portfolio of work over time.

Discipline will help you spend less time on everything that doesn’t matter, so you can focus your energy solely on the things that do. And when your daily routine is built around activities that help you make progress towards your goals, you’ll reach them much faster than you ever thought possible.

You Can Improve Your Ability To Communicate.

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” — Buddha

Writing can massively improve your ability to communicate and many other things that are vital to creating strong connections with other people. Because when you can clearly express how you feel about a specific topic, you’re much less likely to be misunderstood.

So if you want to create meaningful relationships with anyone, writing is undoubtedly a great way to practice articulating your thoughts in a clear, concise, and straightforward way. Like the Roman philosopher, Senecaonce said:

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”

I used to suck at writing emails. I didn’t know how to adjust my writing style to different audiences or write so that it would be easy for other people to understand.

But when I started writing every day, it didn’t take long for me to communicate all my thoughts and ideas in a way that other people found engaging.

You can do the same. Learn how to communicate effectively with a variety of different audiences. For example, the way you talk to your boss will probably be different from how you speak with your partner.

You get the idea. Once you implement a writing habit into your daily routine, you’ll quickly find it’s much easier to improve your relationships and communicate effectively with anyone you meet.

It Helps You To Process Your Emotions.

Each day, I spend a few minutes writing down anything that’s going through my mind. For example, I’ll write down any problems or events that give me anxiety or cause me to lose sleep at night.

It’s something that’s certainly changed my life for the better. Because since I began implementing this habit, the quality of my mental health has exponentially improved.

Writing makes it much easier to get in touch with your emotions and any negative thoughts that enter your mind. When you take time each day to understand your thoughts, it’s much easier to identify a specific problem and then find a solution. Roy T. Bennett said it best:

“Stop giving other people the power to control your happiness, your mind, and your life. If you don’t take control of yourself and your own life, someone else is bound to try.”

So make an effort to implement writing into your daily routine, and every aspect of your life will quickly improve for the better. So what are you waiting for?

Start now.

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