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LBI14DWPAP Day 7: Figure Out What You Want

Here we are on the last day of the first week of Live Better In 14 Days With Pen And Paper! For this week some of the exercises will be a  bit heavier, including this one. It’s a lot easier to improve your life if you know what an improved life will look like. So let’s figure that out.

I first learned about freewriting from the excellent book by Accidental Genius by Mark Levy. The technique is simple.

Go to a quiet spot where you will not be interrupted. Take a bit of paper, 3-4 sheets should be enough. Bring something comfy to write with along with a spare.

Start a timer for 20 minutes. Write about what a happy and content life would look like for you. Include a little bit about why it would be a happy and content life.

You know those quotes you see on facebook like “If money was no object, what would you spend your time doing?” or “What would you attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail?” Start with answers to those. Don’t get hung up on the perfect answer, you’re looking to capture what you think today.

You cannot stop writing during this time. Write nonsense if you run out of thoughts, but keep writing. Yes, sometimes I’ve written the sentence “I have no idea what to write” followed by several variations. Don’t repeat yourself, don’t worry about grammar, don’t worry about how it looks. In all likelihood no one is going to read it.
When you’re done, you’ll probably feel a bit wrung out. Your hand will be cramped (a good pen helps with this) and you’ll hopefully be sick of thinking about this. This is how I usually feel afterward.

Then they come. Ideas, revelations, epiphanies. Sorry about the cramped hand, but you should jot those down 😉

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