I always promise myself, and write posts about, how I’m recommitting to blogging and will post every day or once a week or something like that, and then I never stick to it. I have no idea why! I’m disciplined in many other aspects of my life. I write my novel every morning. I exercise regularly. Well, those are the main two. Lately, I’ve fallen off the wagon when it comes to my goal of reading through my list of the best science fiction of all time.
So what’s going on?
James Clear, one of my favourite self-help guys, has a great quote:
I really love this quote and it’s stuck with me every since I first read it in Clear’s book, Atomic Habits. So my goal of reading science fiction and blogging about it comes down to creating a system that ensures that I do it. After all, it’s how I’ve managed to write a novel and stay in shape.
So what system can I put in place to get back on track with my journey through science fiction’s best?
First, I need a system for reading regularly. Every since working from home due to the pandemic, I’ve lost my prime reading time, commuting on the subway. As a result I’m behind on a lot of reading. What system can I put in place to ensure I read every day? I typically read before bed, but not too much and sometimes not at all. Perhaps I can go to bed a bit earlier and spend an hour reading in bed? Why don’t I try that out.
As for blogging regularly. I think it’s clear that I’m not an every day blogging type. And I don’t want to stress myself out by setting an unrealistic goal and then not achieving it. I used to dedicate Friday mornings to blogging and I think I’ll try that again. It worked for a while and I can’t remember why I stopped.
Okay, so two new systems I’ll put in place:
Read for an hour before going to sleep.
Dedicate Friday mornings to blogging.
We’ll see how this goes!