Let’s get started with the Create Daily Challenge — this week, all we have to do is create the space and enter into it. Pretty simple!

The idea is that we’re not going to say, “I’m going to write every day for an hour,” and then do it for 1-2 days before failing. That’s not how we create a habit.

So we’ll start by just creating a small space and then using that space to create each day — a small first step.

Before we do that, let’s talk about our Why.

The Why of Creating Daily

Take a moment to reflect on why you would take up this challenge. It’s important to understand our deeper reasons, so that we can remind ourselves of that when things get uncomfortable and we want to put things off.

Why do you want to create each day? It has to be more than, “Because it sounds nice!”

There are lots of reasons you might want to create daily — some ideas to contemplate:

Take a moment to figure out your deeper Why of creating daily. Then remind yourself of it each day.

Create the Space, Then Be In It

Now that you’ve done that, let’s take action:

  1. Pick a time when you’re going to create each day. We’re only aiming for 5-10 minutes, so you can probably find the time. It’s best if it’s at the same time each day, but if that’s impossible, figure out what works for different days.
  2. Block that time off in your calendar and set reminders. Actually block off this time, and keep it sacrosanct, so that nothing can impinge upon it. Set up a calendar reminder, a phone reminder, and a physical reminder like a note that you put somewhere visible. Don’t let yourself forget.
  3. Each day this week, when the time comes, enter into the space without delay. Consider the decision already made, and just move into it. That means set aside everything else, get out your pencil and sketchpad or writing app or whatever tool you need for the job, and just start moving the pencil, typing on the keyboard, strumming the guitar. You don’t have to do anything profound, just be in the space.

That’s this week’s challenge! Don’t let yourself skip a day. Commit to this and report how it went in the #creativity channel on Slack!

Special instructions for entrepreneurs: If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to work on your business during this challenge, definitely start by understanding your deeper Why of creating your business — it’s important to remind yourself and align yourself with this Why. Then use your Create Daily space to work on the One Thing you know you need to do to grow your business — write marketing copy, create and write a blog, create a video, create a course, etc.