In my last post, which feels like forever ago, I made the personal commitment to start a new routine: read, write, render. Admittedly, that has been easier said than done, or so I thought.
One thing that is routine for me is the read part. I read everyday. Just an hour of reading or listening (Podcast) in the morning starts my day. From random articles coming across my social feeds, to subscribed research pushed to my inbox, to the recommended content from family, friends, peers and coworkers, I’m never short of reading material (probably why I love the Pocket app so much).
Making time for reading is not the issue. It’s the making time to write then render (visually) that I thought was my achilles heel. Take for instance how I started this post, “In my last post, which feels like forever ago…” – those words alone imply I’m holding myself to some standard on the volume of writing and rendering I push out via this blog or other channels. That’s not the point of the routine. Read write render is not about unselfish acts of sharing some insight or thoughts with the masses x number of times a week, month or quarter. My read write render – at its core – is personal.
It’s Always Personal [Growth]
I read everyday to be a better father, husband, friend, coach, mentor, marketer. I write every morning to remind myself of what’s important. I render everyday to challenge myself to think outside the box and always approach things with creative thinking.
Writing is not about turning some new found knowledge into a blog post. Rendering is not about turning every idea into pictures and pushing it out via social media. For me, writing and rendering is not supposed to be work. It’s supposed to be routine and in hindsight, I’ve been sticking to a routine fairly well.
From my Focus Planner to my Field Notes to my Idea Reel in PowerPoint, I’ve been reading, writing and rendering constantly. It’s become routine for me. I haven’t felt the need to throw everything that I read, write and render at you. Instead, focus on the times when what I read, write and render is worth sharing, perhaps worth your time.
Take for instance this morning. Combing through Pocket, I read five articles. Two were related to remote work routines. Two centered on strategic focus and one was about scheduling time for creative thinking. What felt like random topics when I started began to blend and gel into an epiphany, so naturally, following my routine, read turned into write and write turned into render. This is what I wrote in my Focus Planner for today 08.08.20 under Myndfuel: