Do One Thing Everyday for One Year

Josh L
3 min readJan 5, 2022

Even if You Would Rather Take a Nap.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

I picked this picture as it pretty much describes me perfectly at this moment.

To be honest, I don’t want to write right now. I want to be watching Netflix laying in bed eating chips.

I am writing this from my couch, so I guess that’s close enough. What I am trying to say is that I’m tired. I’ve only written three articles not counting this one for the new year, and I’m already thinking about quitting.

Does that mean writing is not for me? Aren’t you supposed to love every second about writing if you were meant to write in life? Right now, (no pun intended) I feel like I am in the wrong space. Maybe I should focus my time on other things.

But, this was my commitment I made to myself this year. I wanted to write every. single. day. So, here I am, smashing the keys on my laptop after a long day at work.

I am glad I decided to write even though I did not feel like it. I heard former NBA player Chris Bosh say one time that every time he feels like quitting or not putting in some extra work, he asks himself “How many people would quit right now?” and then does the thing he didn’t want to do.

Chris Bosh and I have very little in common. Besides for us both being human and playing basketball in high school, there are little similarities.

I liked this quote. It is very real. It’s why I started my experiment in the first place. How many people do something every single day for one year straight? Very few.

Being that consistent with anything has to lead to positive results. And that is exactly what I am after. To do something in 2022 that I never considered before. To make a goal where I could tell if I accomplished it or not.

The consistency is what I am after, not even necessarily becoming a better writer. I am sure that will happen too once the goal is completed, but that’s not my main focus right now.

The main focus right now is to work on my consistency. Writing just happens to be the method of choice for displaying it.

I thought that by posting online everyday, I would have no excuse for not accomplishing it. If I got sick, it shouldn’t matter as I can lie in bed and type away and post anyway.

If my computer breaks, I can go to the public library or even write on my phone.

If I lose Wi-Fi, I have unlimited data.

There are no excuses left for me. If I miss a day of posting, it is simply because I was lazy and decided to prioritize other things instead. It’s because I wasn’t disciplined enough to make it happen.

Even though I didn’t want to write today, I am glad I got this one out to the world. I can check off another day of being consistent.

For anyone else that may want to be more consistent this year, it’s not too late to hop in and try to do one thing every day for the remainder of the year. It would still be an amazing accomplishment.

And if you feel like quitting soon after starting, there are other people who decide to put in the work even though they are tired.

No excuses.

As Nike always says, “Just Do It.”