On January 1st, 2011, I made a commitment to blog daily on WordPress. I blogged diligently, everyday … until yesterday, April 16th, 2011. I didn’t do what I said I would. A promise made to myself, and my postaday2011 readers was broken. So what? Now what?
I could quit, using this slip-up as proof that I can’t commit. Another option is to write two posts today to make up for it. The course of action I’m choosing, however, is to acknowledge I didn’t do what I said I would, and then move on.
I was having a fantastic day yesterday and was so blissfully in each and every moment on my mini-vacation, that I completely forgot to blog. This is not intended to be an excuse. It is more of an awareness of that old adage, “life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” Yesterday, my life “happened” in some big and brilliant ways (more on that later) and I made a choice.
When you fall, or fail, all you have to do is simply re-commit. No one is making the rules of your integrity but you. Here are some good ways to remind yourself, to make it easier to succeed, to set yourself up to win:
- Write it down: committing something to paper moves something forward. It makes it more concrete, and less of an idea that got tossed around.
- Schedule it: Put in your planner, Google calendar™ (which I use), or whatever means you use to track times and dates. Set up reminders to make sure you don’t lose track of time. Google calendar even has the ability to get sent reminders by text message!
- Don’t overcommit and be realistic: It was probably unrealistic for me to think I could go on a short vacation and still blog. A better way to plan might have been to write the blogs in advance, and schedule them to go out each day.
- Have an accountability partner: Have a friend who is blogging daily too, a Life Coach, or someone who you can trade support with to check in with you to see if you’ve done your blog. I had set up a yoga network years ago with some friends in which in order to get our daily yoga practice going, we would text message each other each morning after we completed our practice. The thought of knowing someone else was aware I had said I was going to practice each morning got me motivated to get up and do it.