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I get a lot of emails from people asking me how I manage to write a new blog post every day.
The number one reason I’m able to do so is simply because I have a lot of free time. I don’t have any kids, I live in an apartment that requires little maintenance/upkeep and I have a short commute to work. This means I naturally have plenty of time each day to sit down and write.
Aside from having free time, there are a few other habits and insights that have helped me stick to my daily writing habit:
I show up every day. Each morning I wake up between 5:30 – 6:30 AM, take a cold shower, drink a cup of water, brew some coffee, and sit down at my desk. I don’t always have an idea of what I want to write about when I sit down. But I have found that as long as I can show up, eliminate distractions (my phone) and sip coffee, the ideas start flowing eventually.
I eliminate the need for motivation. By making writing a daily habit, I don’t have to rely on motivation or inspiration to sit down and write. It’s simply something I do each day without thinking about it. It feels as natural as brushing my teeth. I don’t debate whether or not I should write. I just write.
As soon as an idea for an article pops into my head, I jot it down. I keep a folder full of notes for article ideas in my phone. I currently have 92 different notes sitting in that folder. If I find myself sitting at my desk without anything to write about, I scroll through this folder for some ideas. This has proven to be surprisingly helpful.
I resist the urge to write the “perfect” post. I have already accepted the fact that not every post I write will be a home run. Some are 10/10’s, but most are just 6’s or 7’s. I have found that it’s better to churn out a bunch of 7’s on a consistent basis than write one 10 per month. Perfectionism is the enemy of progress.
I follow my curiosity. When I first started this blog, I thought I had to write about what every other blogger in personal finance wrote about: 401(k)’s, Roth IRA’s, minimalism, credit cards, etc. Over time, I started to branch out and follow my curiosities. This has made blogging so much more enjoyable. If I feel like creating an interactive visual one day, I do that. If I feel like sharing a piece about my personal journey, I do that. If I feel like writing about some Netflix movie that I watched and how it relates to personal finance, I do that.
My writing advice in one sentence: Show up every day, don’t be a perfectionist, and write about things that intrigue you.
Zach is the author behind Four Pillar Freedom, a blog that teaches you how to build wealth and gain freedom in life.
Zach's favorite free financial tool he's been using since 2015 to manage his net worth is Personal Capital. Each month he uses their free Investment Checkup tool and Retirement Planner to track his investments and ensure that he's on the fast track to financial freedom.
Although the bulk of his net worth is invested in index funds, his favorite place to invest in individual stocks is M1 Finance, a site that allows you to build a custom portfolio of stocks for free.
His favorite way to save money each month on his recurring bills is by using Trim, a free financial app that negotiates lower cable, internet, and phone bills with any provider on your behalf.
His favorite place to find new personal finance articles to read is Collecting Wisdom, a site that collects the best personal finance articles floating around the web on a daily basis.
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