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Doing something daily can be a challenge. Some are easy some are more difficult. For some having a cup of coffee or tea is a daily ritual. Some used to follow that with reading a daily paper or news. There are lots of things we do daily but I’m thinking of something that takes some effort and time out of your normal daily processes.

Something like working out every day. Or cooking a new dish each day. Or create a blog post each day. Or work on some craft or tangible creation each day. I don’t think everyone appreciates the effort and focus to do it every day long term. I never fully appreciated it till I started at a daily newspaper almost 25 years ago. I’d worked in weekly chains before that which was pretty intense but something that is done daily is a different animal.

How much longer will the sight of a Newspaper on the sidewalk be visible? Photo by Mike Hartley

When I started the blog I thought daily was a piece of cake. 8 years later I’m finally doing it. So many factors come into play when trying to do something of substance daily. Your own health is a good start. If you’re going to do something on both good and bad days it better be something you love and have a passion for.

There are so many pitfalls when attempting to do something daily. If you rely on equipment do you have backups? Do you depend on materials, do you have the proper inventory to sustain supply disruptions? Are there ways to prepare in advance if unexpected difficulties arise?

There is the true will you have behind the commitment. I would also like to practice photography every day, but I don’t. I hope to change that but that is the will I have at the moment. Working out each day would be healthy, I just can’t seem to keep it going in any substantial way.

But thankfully change is possible. And I think the key is not to be discouraged and pick it up the next day and start a new streak. So that is what I’m going to do with some important things, I’m going to try each day to keep the ball moving forward.

Here’s to a bright start tomorrow after a day of rain. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I love rainy days. Especially when I don’t have to go out in them.
  • I feel a sense of urgency but am not comfortable with why I feel that way.
  • I have an ill feeling about this winter.
  • I’m going to be much more productive this week. Now if I can convince the body to play nice we might have a chance.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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