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August 1, 2014

Today is August 1, 2014. I like to review my process every month on the first day. I’ve been doing so for some months, but not every time: February 1, 2014 and April 1, 2014

Some months ago, I challenged myself to write a blog post everyday. I also challenged to take a video everyday.

Writing blog posts everyday during February helped me get my ball rolling. I used to post 3 to 4 blog post every month, but after February, I’ve increased it to more than 10 to 15. That’s a huge turnaround from just one month of commitment.

I’m always looking for commitment which will help me improve myself in the long run. And I think the first day of the month is the best day for it.

However, I’ve had some thought against it as well. Like why you should not wait for the exact day for commitment. My ‘Why You are Less Likely to Achieve Your New Years Resolution’ post explains it.

Instead of waiting for the exact day, it’s better to start right away.

However, I’ve figured out that starting on the first day of any month helps me stay committed to a goal. I don’t know why.

Maybe because we start on a clean slate every month. Maybe it’s easy to see how I’m progressing and track my goals. I don’t know. It’s good to do what works for you.

If starting on first day of month works, then do so. If not, do whatever works for you.

People respond to different stimulus all the time. You might have different preference for your workflow. Recognize it and work according to it.

So for this month, I’m challenging myself to write something on my blog daily. It’s going to be similar like February, where I wrote a blog post everyday. But this time, I’m taking it one step further by making myself learn something from the event that occurred during the day.

For example, if I was late to meet someone and they got angry, I can write about being punctual and honest every time. What my mistakes were and what I can do to improve it.

It can be about anything that happened during the day. If there’s no big takeaway from the day then I’ll write whatever is on my mind.

Also, it can be very few sentences. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a long blog post. Just a key takeaway from the day.

This is my goal for August. Let’s see how it goes.

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