I missed a day. 
 
30 posts in 30 days and the momentum is broken. Now, I suddenly find myself struggling to produce a single post. Never-mind the fact I have several short posts already written solely in need of editing. What's wrong with me?
 
The longer I sit with an essay, the harder it becomes for me to publish. My mind is fickle and a riveting idea burns out even more quickly than it came. The later in the day I sit with an essay, the harder it becomes for my mind to focus analytically and edit. And yet, here I sit again.

Though I've met my first pitfall on this experiment, it is guiding me to make some adjustments moving forward. What would be the most likely reason that I miss another essay? 
 
I draft an essay early in the day and fail to get back to editing until it is too late in the evening to process that type of work. That means mandatory editing time in the morning, or at least early afternoon when I still have the cognitive ability to finish an essay.
 
I've been walking a fine line extremely busy with work and running this month, something I expected as I hoped to test myself this month, but I need a buffer. If I finish one or two of the nearly complete posts I've already written, I can avoid the crushing pressure to produce something valuable on a daily basis. I need to be writing, but I would not need to rely on each post being a winner.
 
Lastly, before I lose the momentum to publish, I need to make the transition to WordPress. In a discussion with David Perell, James Clear noted that his ideas incubate in Evernote and then he compresses them in WordPress. Once they make it to WordPress, it's definitely getting published. I'm not nearly as prolific or consistent as James Clear, but I have a similarly high success write once he articles move into WordPress. At 46 posts on my account, only one remains unpublished. Transitioning between tools brings a transition in mindsets.
 
Everyone's allowed a miss, but the key is to recover, reflect, and improve. Write on.

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