Comfort zone and New Year’s Resolutions

I made three New Year’s Resolutions this year to myself. One was to keep active according to the active time recommended by my health apps (no sweat, seriously, which means I should look into upping the challenge levels). The other was to go through my stash of Big Bad Wolf Sale books – this has been harder, because my attention span has shrunk over the last few years. I am getting there, somewhat.

The third, and one I thought I had in the bag, was a goal to write 2000 words a day. Now this may seem like a lot, but when you considered that I averaged around 1700 words a day during Nanowrimo, it looked like something I could do.

Erm… about 18 days into the New Year and to say I am failing epically is kind of a major understatement.

I feel like I need to mention a few qualifiers.

  1. I went into this challenge knowing and expecting that I would not be able to write 2000 words off the bat. That is a goal that would be nice but unrealistic. I instead aimed for at least 300 words a day, with a view to ramping it up as I hit it consistently.

  2. This would have covered everything non-work related, which includes this blog post you are now reading. So it was a fairly low bar to set in the first place.

So when I say that I am epically failing, I am, because even by this low bar I can’t seem to muster the discipline to do so.

Writing even twice a week and publishing a blog post is plenty enough, but the thing is it isn’t that I lack the material nor the skill, it’s that I lack the commitment to timeliness.

Which is why I am writing this, and why, hopefully, you will see a video at the top of this blog post later.

I am trying to document my adventures in writing using a medium I actually don’t really like (yes I am aware of how ridiculous it is).

I am basically videoing my attempts to write every day, with a view to recording the sound as ASMR type video.

Part of this is sheer spite – Google recently revamped their Youtube videos, and so I basically need to get about 4000 minutes of viewtime each month and then about 1k subscribers in order to be eligible for monetisation. So I’m creating short videos that hopefully won’t require too much editing.

Two is forcing myself to at least keep to a semblance of a routine. Something like this should not take me more than an hour or so at most, with the actual recording taking about 15-20 minutes. I foresee the biggest problem I’ll have is with editing sound – I would prefer to record this in Audacity before I merge them all in VideoPad, which is a software I will review.

Will this work? Will it fail? Who knows? At the very least I will be able to say at the end of the year that I tried.

And getting out of your comfort zone is never a bad thing.

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