I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason I was able to write every single day in November for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) was only slightly related to the fact that I had made a commitment to do it. The bigger reason I was able to complete the task was because part of the rules for NaBloPoMo were basically this:
It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be done.
So here it is, well into the month of January now. Several weeks after my grand accomplishment of writing every day on this blog. And as much as I wanted to continue the streak, or at least continue writing fairly regularly, like 3 times a week or something, I have found excuse after excuse to not write, mostly because I want my writing to be perfect before I post.
In November, I knew — and so did you because of the disclaimer on November 1 — that the experiment of daily posting would not necessarily be earth-shattering reading every time. And somehow, that knowledge made it much easier to just put something out there, even if it wasn’t exactly how I wanted it.
So now I’m going to try another experiment, this time for the whole year. For 2014, I’m just going to write when I’m inspired to write, and my motto will be: It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be done. As much as I’d like to commit to the 3 times a week that I’d like to be posting, I’m just not ready for that yet.
But I am ready for imperfection. I will no longer think, “I don’t have time to write that post because it will take me too long to get it right.” This year, I will think, “Hey, that might be fun to write about. Let’s see what I can come up with in 30 minutes.”
Are you ready? Am I ready? Maybe not. But here’s to a year of imperfection.
— The Conscious Mom