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Day One Daily Prompt – 1

Yesterday I added the Day One widget to my home screen. Among the variations available I’ve chosen the widget that gives me a writing prompt every day. The idea is that I hope to be tempted to keep on the journaling habit if I keep seeing this every time I unlock my phone.

This is the first entry. 

Prompt: How does hard work make me feel fulfilled?

I haven’t thought about this in a while. When I started my own business, I was convinced that that the more I worked, the happier I will be. But now I have realized that it’s not the case. I’ve realised that I need time to do other things, too. Most importantly, I need time to do nothing.

So, I don’t try to work as much as I can anymore. I simply try to do my best each day. And sometimes, I fail. 

I feel guilty when that happens. I suppose that’s inevitable. We’re trained to measure our self worth solely based on our work output, for so long, that anything other than this framing feels untrue. So when I procrastinate, I feel bad.

But I do it anyway.

It’s not so bad to the point where it has become a habit and I’ve become a lazy slob, but I do it every now and then.

So, in a way, I think hard work makes me feel fulfilled because when I know I’ve done my share, I don’t feel guilty. I feel like I’ve earned the things I have. I suppose the trick is to not overwork myself, but at the same time, keep doing what needs to be done so that I feel like I’ve contributed.

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Writing

I had a discussion with some friends today about writing.

I believe it has given me a momentary motivation boost to get back to this habit I have wanted for so long to cultivate.

Currently, I have three outlets I can use: my journal, this “micro” blog on my website, and my main blog. The first is private. Only I will know the contents of what goes into my journal. The microblog and the main blog are public.

I have the same plan I had–but failed to implement–before. I will write everyday on my journal, and take things I think are worth sharing to my microblog. These are bound to be half-formed thoughts, so they can’t ego on the main blog yet. And then, occasionally, when I have something that I really want to say, I will write that on the main blog as a full length post.

This is starting today, with this journal entry. Let’s see how long I can keep up.