The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act.
Orison Swett Marden (1850 – 1924) was an American writer.
Writing your life story can seem daunting. But one way to get the work done is to develop the habit of writing. You can set an amount of time that you’ll write each day. Let’s say you decide to do 30 minutes. Find an uninterrupted part of your day, set a timer and sit and write until the 30 minutes is up. Don’t worry about how your writing is progressing – just write. Keep to whatever time you’ve set – no more or no less.
Likewise you could decide to write one page a day. The trick is to continue writing until your page is full. Don’t start and then go off shopping and come back and finish the page. Do your writing in one sitting.
After you’ve developed the habit of writing you’ll find that it seems less a chore. And the bonus lies in the fact that bit by bit you’ll get your life story completed.
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