I have trouble sleeping. Often I am awake for hours each night, my mind unable to shut down, just tossing, turning, and thinking. About all sorts of things. It is mainly a pain in the arse, but often I read something good or have some good ideas during this silent, dark, alone time.
During an insomnia episode a couple of nights ago, I was scrolling through FB at 3.30am (I know, I know, screens are bad!), when I stumbled across an article from the Business Insider about the '5 Hour Rule'. This rule, apparently, is what all the world's most 'successful' people follow - Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Oprah, Bill Gates; you name them, they do it - and it states that every single day you must spend one hour (that's 5 hours a week, hence the name) doing deliberate practice or learning. This could be reading, practicing or even dedicated thinking. (YUSS, the Insomnia just paid for itself!) But it's not just doing your job or your hobby or your craft for an hour each day, but really focusing on learning and constant improvement. This made me think about how much time I spend doing this for all the various activities I fill my days with. There are many, yet I don't know if I would qualify.
One of my friends, the amazing Amanda Billing, often does '100 Day Projects' where she practices, usually an art form, every day for 100 days. Two weeks ago she completed yet another 100 days, this time of daily painting, which she hashtagged #underpaintinginmyunderwear and #commitmentconsistencypatience and published on Instagram (_amandabilling_). You should check her out if you haven't already. She is really inspirational.
I digress. Kind of.
Consistently committing to a project would be a test of my often wavering discipline. So during my sleeplessness a couple of nights ago, I decided I would start a blog. I have a couple of projects on the horizon that I am excited about, and doing something every day (or every few days, let's be honest) will be very good for me. I hope I can stick at it. I hope that it will help me collect and develop my thoughts. And I hope that maybe it will even be of interest to some other people out there.
So, there it is. My very first blog post. Stay tuned for what I hope will be much more.
Love Ria x