Today is May 19th and for the last 19 days I’ve been challenging myself to publish at least one post per day. Through the first 15 days things were going great, only missed 1 day.

Then came this weekend. I can give some excuse about being busy or traveling (we drove up for CT to see my folks, stopping off in Philly along the way) but the fact of the matter is my motivation was tested and failed. I had an idea for my Friday night post that I could have put together in ~15 minutes and Saturday/Sunday there were plenty of opportunities to sneak away for a bit and stick to the goal. The issue wasn’t creativity but rather a failure of execution.

As with any goal you set for yourself, this one required a balance of priorities. To be clear, I’m not saying your professional goals should always be the priority. Quite the contrary actually, family should always come first but it’s important to recognize that balance and sacrifice are required to accomplish anything…even a 30 day writing challenge.

In hindsight, Friday would have been tough to publish anything meaningful but Saturday and Sunday I was just lazy. This was a valuable realization because as a professional with lofty and ambitious goals you can’t afford to be lazy and still expect to reach the top of whatever proverbial mountain you’ve chosen. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit friends and family this weekend and actually have a few blog post ideas that came out of the trip. I’m also very fortunate that these friends and family are also my support system, an integral part of the “team” I need to accomplish my goals. So what could I have done differently?

  • Woken up 15 minutes earlier to get my post out before everyone woke up (especially easy considering Lemon is still getting up between 5:30-6am every day…just needed to snooze one less time after I was already up)
  • Spent an extra 15 minutes on Monday night, or Tuesday night, or Wednesday night to draft posts that could be easily edited and published on a day when time was at a premium
  • Crowdsource the post! Friday night we had a great time sitting around the campfire, would have been a fantastic opportunity to inject some different perspectives into the content and support the overall goal of this project: studying creativity.

All in all, it’s all about balance. I know you can’t “have it all” but I’m a firm believer in working hard to have as much of “it” as humanly possible. You can have more than you think if you are conscious of how your finite time is allocated.

Today is Day 19 of the 30 Day Challenge and I’m determined that Day 18 will have been the last time I miss a publish date.


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