This is a guest post from Alex Mangini of LifeNotion.
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” -Benjamin Franklin
Look, I’m going to come right out and tell you that writing is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve yourself as a person.
Yes, all the things you’ve done before such as positive thinking, goal-setting, etc are great.
But, there is nothing like writing.
And when you do it everyday, then you’re on track to getting better at, well anything.
Really, its powerful stuff.
The 3 Major Benefits of Writing Everyday
What’s great, is that there are probably thousands of benefits that come from writing on a daily basis.
After doing it for myself for a while I’ve found that there are 3 major rewards for pushing yourself to write daily.
1.You’ll Get Smarter
Despite the popular belief, it’s not reading that makes you smarter.
Writing is what makes you a smarter person.
Dr. Stephen Krashen has published many books and papers throughout his career.
In one of his papers, We Learn To Write By Reading, But Writing Can Make You Smarter he comes to this conclusion.
Actual writing can help us solve problems and can make us smarter.
Whether you type on a keyboard, or hand-write (though, other studies have shown handwriting is even better), you are exercising your brain and pushing it to organize your thoughts and ideas with better semantics.
Also in his paper, he published the results of a test that was performed which I think is very interesting and adds some scientific value to this topic.
College mathematics students who devoted three minutes per period to describing an important concept conveyed in class in writing easily outperformed a comparison group on the semester final exam.
I think this is all really interesting and powerful stuff, and definitely agree (from my experience) that writing makes you smarter by leaps and bounds.
2.You’ll Learn Self-Discipline (Without Doing Anything Crazy)
Writing everyday will become a routine; something you are going to stick to.
Before you go ahead and decide that you want to write everyday, you have to remember that doing so is not a chore. It’s not “another thing you have to get out-of-the-way,” either.
It should be something you get excited to do; something you can do without even thinking about.
Sometimes you may not know what to write about (which I’ll cover a little later in this post), but that’s no excuse to not do it.
In fact, the more you do it …; the better and quicker you will get at it! It only gets easier.
3.You’ll Remember Who You Are
I can’t tell you how many things I’ve learned through writing. Not just about the topic I write about, but about me.
You’ll remember things you didn’t before, evaluate your values and opinions on different topics and even learn about topics you never would have learned about before.
It opens your eyes to a lot, and can tell you more about you than anything else you do.
So – What Do I Write About?
Look, I’m not saying write a novel or thousands of words a day. If all you can write is a to-do list, or only fill up about a quarter of a page, I still believe you can get value from it.
Write about anything. At least write about something!
Each day I wake up, I make writing a top priority.
On the weekdays, I follow a fairly set schedule already – ; so I write a blog post to be either used for my blog, or to guest post somewhere else.
Usually around 700-950 words.
Then, I’ll use about half of a page in my notebook (hand written) to write about what I want to do for the day. It’s simple, and not something that takes a lot of effort.
All in all, this take about an hour and a half of my day. And it gets me and my brain going for the rest of the day.
Try to do the same for yourself, and write before you start the rest of your day.
If you can take time to work your body out at the gym, you can dedicate at least 5 to your brain. Again: nothing stimulates your brain better than writing.
My Challenge to You.
Starting today, write.
Do it now if you can, and you don’t even have to share it with anyone.
Try writing everyday for a week. You won’t feel smarter, but don’t be surprised if you start thinking clearer and more focused.
Author Bio:Alex Mangini is an 18-year-old blogger at Life Notion, where he helps people discover their passion and build the life of their dreams. He thinks you should check it out right now.