My keyword for the new year will be – “write”. I used to write prolifically a couple of years back. Since then I have become lazy. I have become addicted to TV and social media. In fact, I spend over 4 hours a day watching Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube. Some nights, I just spent an hour browsing for stuff to watch!

What a waste of time!

This new year, I want to change all that. After some reflection, I realized that my salvation lay in reading and writing more. That is the only way I can get rid of my TV  addiction and bring order back into my life.

To tackle the first challenge – to read more every day – I signed up to “Leader Box” service. They send me two books every month with notes and a plan to help me complete both books in under a month. I have already started on my first book – A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger – and I already feel a lot better. You can find more about LeaderBox by clicking here.

To tackle the second challenge – to write more every day – I will have to depend on my sheer willpower and dig deep to find it in me to write every single day. To make the challenge easier, instead of a 365-day writing challenge, I am starting with a 30-day writing challenge starting today.

As I write this post, I can feel that I am quite rusty. Words are struggling to come out. I have already been distracted twice – once to check my email and another to search for a suitable head image for this post. I got to tackle distractions too! And yes, I have used the word “tackle” thrice already!

To write every day would be very difficult. It would be a struggle to find things to write about. It would be a struggle to find the time to sit down and write. It would be a struggle to express myself when my mind is so noisy and distracted. To help with this, I will try and write about the following topics:

  • business, brands, and strategy
  • venture capital and startups
  • books I read
  • the ideas that I find new and powerful
  • a lot about travel around the world
  • my favorite city, London
  • and more…

I hope to write 500 words a day but I think I will set the threshold at 250 words at least. Any lower and it would be pointless. There were days in the past when I would write 2000 words and then do 200 pushups without breaking a sweat. To get to that state would be an uphill battle and I plan to commit to the discipline of writing every day as much as I can.

If you are facing similar challenges and are also embarking on a writing journey, leave a comment below or ping me on Twitter or Instagram!

Posted by Mash Bonigala

Mash is a Brand Differentiator & Strategist, Film Maker, Traveller, Author and Zen Practitioner. He loves mindfulness, branding, online marketing and startup business challenges.