Every Single Month
It’s the 17th. Again.
It felt like yesterday that it was the 17th of June. But of course, yesterday was, well, yesterday. The 16th. Of July. June 17, 2018, was a month ago. It comes around every 30 or 31 days.
Every Single Day
I’ve got the daily habit down. Write Every Day? Check.
Every Single Week
I’m also working on weekly projects and have a few podcasts rolling every Thursday. Check.
Every Single Month
The logical next step, at least as far as the calendar goes, is Every Single Month.
If daily is a jog around the block, weekly is a 10k run, is monthly a marathon? Maybe the analogy ends there. What is going to be the monthly, the twelve-times-a-year tasks you want to get done?
At some point this year (2018), I set a date to publish two things on July 17, 2018:
Guess what? They’re both live.
Are they perfect? No.
Are they the best they could be? No.
Are they done, finished, complete? No, no, no.
“Bradley, why are you publishing work that’s not done?”
Because I can improve on something but if I have nothing I can’t do anything with it.
Sure, Every Single Day I’m writing. I’m working the creative muscle and I’m in shape. Every week I get out of the box, out of the gym, and take a step up. I’ll go audio, I’ll create an audio podcast episode.
But every month? There are only twelve of them each year. If you had to look back on Dec. 31 at the end of each year, counting 365 things would be cumbersome, 52 of things might work if you could place them on a table and have an overview, but 12? That’s understandable, countable, oversee-able, and do-able.
At the beginning of this year, I thought about publishing a book per month this year. I’m just about there and I might catch up to get 12 in 2018. Maybe if I count courses, I’ll have 12.
12 things. 12 projects. 12 books. 12 goals. 12 monthly events, tasks, projects, things you got done and can look back on and be proud of.
Oops, did I say proud?
Because I heard your doubt there. You were doubting the quality of what you might be able to create 12 times in one year.
I need more time.
I want it to be perfect.
Maybe it’ll be right next month.
I’ll start month after next.
OK, fine, I’ll do it, but it’ll be crap.
Yep, I could understand all of those.
But what if you just did them? Each month.
Make a plan at the beginning of the month and get it done by the end of the month.
There you go. I just gave you an annual plan made up of 12 smaller items. I won’t dilute the magical simplicity of it anymore.
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