While some have no problem turning their creativity on whenever they want, we other mortals have to find our own groove to make things happen.
In the last few weeks, I’ve come to realize that there’s something silently killing my creativity. It makes me want to crawl up into a ball and whimper.
Have-to’s, obligations and musts are a burden to my mind. They’re there reminding me of what you I have to do that I really don’t want to.
When you eliminate the obligation to do something, you’re more likely to do it.
And if not, then you’re not supposed to be doing it anyway, because you don’t want to.
The real reason I wrote this post is to make an official announcement. My schedule here on the Cloud has been three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That’s going to end right now.
I’m getting rid of yet another shackle. This allows me to go with the flow. Some weeks I feel like writing, and others I feel like learning and absorbing.
It also allows me to write longer, and more mind-blowing posts. Does that mean I will? No promises ;).
Why Rules Are Bad
Rules force you to work within a confined space. When you really look at what rules are in your life, you’ll see that most of them are unnecessary and easily eliminated. Some are good, of course, but most aren’t.
When I published my first post in December 2009, I felt good about my schedule. It worked for several months, but something changed.
I’ve gone from enjoying writing to thinking “okay, I have to get another post out there.” I’m publishing posts because my schedule says so. If I were to keep doing this, I would grow sick and tired of it.
This happened to me when I was playing poker. The last few years I forced myself to play. I wanted more money. I ended up hating the game of poker. It’s been over a year since I’ve played a hand, and I still have absolutely no interest in it.
I’m at the point where I want to sit down and work on a post for hours, or even days to make it right. I also want to work more on my newsletter and on my own products.
I see no point in having a posting schedule. Experimentation is what I desire, and if this doesn’t work, I can always go back to my old ways, but I doubt I will.
Sure, many bloggers say that consistency matters, but does it really? If I go from three posts a week to one, is that enough for you to stop reading what I write? I’m pretty sure the answer is no. If it isn’t, then we probably weren’t a good match to begin with.
And does it really matter if I have more readers if I am doing something I don’t enjoy? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have less readers and love what I do, than the opposite.
Just thinking about the idea of eliminating another unnecessary obligation from my life gets my creativity flowing.
There is no one way to succeed. When it comes to blog post frequency, you have bloggers across the whole spectrum. The only factor they have in common is that they are doing what works for them.
If the rules in your life aren’t working for you, get rid of them.
Be Your Own Master
Rules in and of themselves are not bad. It is only when they limit my potential that I start thinking about removing them from my life.
My blog is my playground. It’s a place for me to share my thoughts and experiences. In order to protect that, I will have to adjust and adapt.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, where you think about how you should write, what you should write about and how you can please people. It quickly becomes stale and void of fun.
It doesn’t matter if you post once a week or once a month, if you’re putting your passion out there and work hard, the right people will find you.
Be aware of the rules that silently rule your life. What do you think you have to do? What rules could you eliminate for more mental freedom?
Breathe, relax and stay awesome!