• Eve Arnold

What I’ve Learnt Twenty Five Articles Out of Two Hundred


For the past two months I’ve been trying to work towards my goal of writing two hundred articles this year. Two hundred articles might seem a bit of a random number and in total honesty it completely is. I picked a random number out of the air, something mildly realistic but also quite ambitious. I wanted something that would really push me to try and do something that is way out of my comfort zone. Last year I started writing a little bit but as ever, and as we all do, I was a little bit worried that what I was writing had no relevance and people would just think it was a load of shit. This whole process so far has taught me quite a bit about mindset and I think what I’ve learnt can apply to a lot of things we struggle with, especially as someone quite early in my career.

This first thing I’ve learn is that getting people’s attention is hard. If your worst fear is that you are worried about what people think, well don’t. At the early stages of doing anything, most people aren’t looking. And why? Because they are busy looking at the people that have been doing it for a while and are quite good at it. It’s actually quite liberating to know. People, in the main, are interested in themselves or really successful people. Or Coronavirus. So post whatever you want, write if you love to write, video if you love to video, create if you want to create. Whilst you’re busy getting good at it, most people aren’t looking anyway.

Getting over the two month ‘ick’. So, I am really good at getting bored of things. Sock business, I got bored. Sweet company, I got bored. Reselling stuff on Ebay, I. Got. Bored. I always thought that because I got bored easily I’d never be able to stick at things. It turns out, at least for me, there is a phase in which I am likely to drop out, but if I can sustain something for two months solid and create a bit of a system, then I am quite likely to carry on for a long time. This is really interesting to learn about myself because I genuinely thought I was going to spend my whole life starting things, getting bored and moving on. I just envisioned myself at seventy-two with a house full of socks, candle making kits, a mug press, pizza oven and a yoga matt. Which to be fair, doesn’t seem a bad place to be at seventy-two. But nevertheless, the saying jack of all trades master of none comes to mind. So essentially, aim for two months and then think about the next two.

It’s all mindset. At little like the first point in that no-one is really listening when you’re new to something, it’s all about what story you tell yourself. Are you getting down because no-one is listening or are you getting motivated because you’ve got lots of people to convince to listen? So, I spend maybe ten percent of my day, potentially more, thinking about articles, writing articles, reading articles. It is quite a lot when I think about it. So you would think that every time I post an article and get just one like, I’d be a little disappointed that people haven’t engaged with it. But I’m not. I’m writing because I really enjoy it and I feel like I want to say something. I’m super grateful that one person has liked it but the numbers don’t really matter. And I think that’s the same with anything you do. If the intention is right it doesn’t matter of the output because you’ve already got everything you wanted out of it before even posting it. That’s the same in a work sense too. If you go into anything with the right intentions for instances, just wanting to do a really good job, then you won’t be disappointed that someone who did half the work got the promotion, because you still achieved you objective of doing a really great job.

With this post I will be an eighth of the way through my target, or 12.5%. We are currently 14.5% way through the year, so I’ve got some catching up to do. But so far, I’ve got over the two month ‘ick’ and I’m really enjoying it!

Originally published at https://www.careerhealth.info on March 13, 2020.

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