200WaD tips: How to Keep your Streak Alive

I wrote yesterday about why it's important for you to keep your day streak alive. Today I'm proposing you some tips to get through each day as painlessly as possible.

It is assumed in task management that the most important task should be tackled first. This is why publishing your 200 words should be the first thing you do in the morning. As Mark Twain says, "eat the frog". Decision fatigue is the lowest during the 2/3 hours after you wake up.

It doesn't mean you have to write in the morning. For some people, tiredness favors creativity, so writing right before going to bed could be the optimal time for you. Just find the right time-window for you to sit down and get writing.

Finding topics is the hard part of writing your daily 200 words. Whenever you have an idea, write it down in your phone or in a block note. Scribbling down topics is usually not enough, it's more efficient to add a one-liner next to an idea, or even better, a small outline describing the main points you are trying to make.

You can find many writing prompts online, but coming up with your own develops your creativity. Sometimes random ideas strike me and I just note them down. Another way to do it is to sit down and force-generate them. The more you do it, the more you flex your idea muscle, and that will prove beneficial to you in all areas of life.

There are days where life gets in the way and you just don't have time to write something. It happened to me a few times as well. In this case, it's important to get pieces ready beforehand, so that you just have to hit publish when the day comes. You can also subscribe to the Patron plan to schedule your posts for a given day.

200 words are relatively small. You can be tempted to write a lot. It can make sense, but it's better to write less to favor consistency. One thing I noticed is that long posts usually cover several ideas, so you can usually split them.

See you tomorrow!