Consistency is key.

“We are what we do repeatedly. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit” – Some book. Read by some guy on YouTube.

In order to do things, to live life to the full, to move forward. We need to do just that, move forward. Little by little, day by day. “We are what we do.”, “Repeatedly.”, these are some of the simplest and most thought-provoking words I have ever read.

Whatever you want to do with your life. Break down the biggest part of it into little, habit-like tasks that you can do daily. Here are some that I am currently doing.

Learn Norwegian – 1 or 2 Duolingo lessons per day.

Run like a champ – Aside from my cycling and weight training every now and then, I run pretty much every day. Even if it is just one kilometer.

Read more books – A couple of pages each day, either in the morning or just before bed.

Learn to Code – I aim to do a couple of lessons per day with FreeCodeCamp (working my way towards becoming a Frontend Developer).

Blog more – aside from this last four weeks I usually aim to push out a blog at least once a week, why? I want to practice writing, sharing and communicating and you should too! Start your blog today.

Design – this one is a new one. I plan to design or create something daily. No need to spend hours doing so, just find something simple online and recreate it. Will start this tomorrow. I think I will start practicing my illustration techniques 🙂


It doesn’t help if we climb halfway up the mountain in a day and remain there. It is far better to climb it one step at a time daily but reach the top.

Side note, if you can sprint up the mountain and stay there, well, then.. Well done!

 

Blog more.

I recently watched Seth Godin, in an interview where he highlighted the importance of blogging. Daily. Yup, I know…

Now, one of my overall and somewhat vague goals for 2018 was to “Blog more“. At the beginning of the year, I kind of had a bit of an idea as to why I wanted to publish more blogs and as the months rolled out, more and more reasons pilled up and this in this interview, Seth Godin mentioned that blogging is one of top 5 best career decisions he ever made. He went on to say:

“Even if no one read it. I would blog every day, I think everyone should do so.” – Seth Godin

The thinking behind this is that if we blog every day, we are naturally placed in a position where we will form opinions, thoughts and “thoughtful examination of (our) World. You can’t help but get better at whatever it is you seek to do.”


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Do more – Casey Neistat

My initial reason for wanting to blog (do) more in 2018 was to become better at writing. I write every single day as a Customer Support Engineer at Paid Memberships Pro and at the moment blog weekly or even bi-weekly for PMPro (see some blogs I have recently written here), so the importance of effective written communication has certainly moved up on my skills-to-improve priority list 🙂

I am also a notoriously lazy editor and a poor speller – another great TWO reasons to blog more.

But like, daily. That’s a bit hectic. Isn’t it?

Truth be told, I can already tell you that although one of my ‘mentors from afar’ encourages daily blogging, I just don’t see myself committing to daily blogging.

Regular blogging, sure. (By the way a friend of mine Dwain, wrote a blog post on “How to Blog Regularly – Here”)

In addition to blogging more, I have also revved up my reading list and have started keeping a daily ‘regular’ journal and am chipping away at creating habit creation.

Some reasons why you (and I) should blog more.

  • Improved written English communication skills. Tip – use and learn from  Grammarly
  • Leave a thought trail – in some ways, it is much like journalling which helps bring clarity to your thoughts.
  • Improves trustworthiness. You are taking a leap and opening yourself up to others. This can have an amazing effect (or is it affect – my nemesis) on peoples view of you.
  • A thoughtful examination of our world will lead to improvement and progression in that which we seek to become good at.

If not now, when? If not you, who?

A great quote that comes to mind every now and again. It reminds me that ideas are nice but ideas with action are much, much better.

So this is me, doing more, by blogging more. Even if no one reads it 🙂

 

 

 

2017 a Winner of a Year!

Before January comes to an end. I wanted to write a short blog post of why 2017 was one of the best years of my life.

Here is a list of things I did in 2017 (worth mentioning):

  • Finally. Made Progress with my GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Climbed Table Mountain
  • Bought my first MackBook Pro
  • Travelled to a new continent (Australia)
  • Travelled the Garden Route
  • Took up Mountain Biking
  • Completed a grueling (at least for me) 45km MTB Race.
  • Landed a dream remote job.
  • Attended 2x WordCamps
  • Involved in organising 2x WordCamps
  • Did a WordCamp Talk
  • Launched a WordPress Plugin
  • Got 5 new WordPress.org badges.
  • Launched my new website
  • Got into a morning routine
  • Regular Gym
  • Walked the Tsitsikama Bridge
  • Sang in front of 450 people
  • Played music in a band in front of a live audience
  • Got involved where it mattered
  • Made new friends
  • Hung out more with my family
  • Climbed the tallest building in town to put up a WiFi tower.
  • Saw a Koala Bear
  • Touched a Kangaroo
  • Saw the Sydney Opera House
  • Got a Dribbble invite
  • Extensive South African Travels.

What I learned in 2017

  • I love entrepreneurship.
  • Helping people and others heal you. It takes you out of your own problems and once you are out of them. You see how small they actually are.
  • Do things for people around you.
  • Anxiety is a totally false perceived reality
  • You can do WAY more than when you think you can. When you think you’re done, you are only 40% in.
  •  Video Editing, Sound Recording and Tutorial making
  • It doesn’t matter what you feel. It matters what you decide.
  • Ideas are cheap. Execution is everything.
  • Norwegian (in Progress).
  • You can be SO BUSY with all the wrong, insignificant things. Do things that help you get to your goals as quickly and effectively as possible.

Looking forward to 2018