The Morning Content Challenge // Writing one fresh article a day // Mimi Chenyao // Asian Barbie

Writing and illustrating one full article every morning before work, throughout the entire course of my internship.

Remember when I said that I’d probably stop publishing for a while because I’ll be working five days a week?

Screw that. I can and will do both.

Writing has improved my mental health, helped me learn technical topics, grown my network, and made me friends who like to discuss ideas. It’s shifted my reality into one where I can’t wait to get out of bed and see what I can accomplish in a day.

It would be an awful choice not to write just because I was “too busy focusing” on my work. With the right strategy, I can create good content and give my all to being an engineer.

Essentially, this winter I will have two jobs: one as an iOS engineer, and the other as a blogger.

Here’s how I’m going to accomplish that:

Get on a Strict Schedule

Work starts at 9:30 and the office an hour away from my house, which means that if I follow this schedule, I can easily publish at least one article a day:

6:00 – Wake up

6:30 – Start writing

7:30/8:00 – Breakfast

8:30 – Leave the house

9:30 – Arrive at work

I got up at 6 for middle school. If I could do it as a 12-year-old, I can certainly do it as a 21-year-old.

I’d also like to get at least 6.5 hours of sleep every night, so blogging in the morning will force me to be in bed by 11:30 PM at the latest, thus avoiding those late-night-obscure-Wikipedia-article binges that I’ve been known to go on.

Remind Myself That Done is Better Than Perfect

I know this, but I have yet to internalize it — done is better than perfect. Hours of my time are eaten up by overanalyzing my articles, my word choice, and the like. Screw that. For the next month, it’s about getting ideas out there in the most efficient way possible. If eloquence gets a little disturbed along the way, that’s okay.

Treat This as an Exercise in Self-Discipline

I’m not writing just because I like to word-vomit all over the Internet. Research has shown that writing in the morning does wonders for you and that the morning is the time where your brain is the most active (and thus the best time for content creation). I’ve been trying to make writing in the morning a habit for ages, but always had some sort of excuse as to why I couldn’t do it. Now that I’m in a different environment with a different daily structure set up, I’m going to push myself to do this.

I’m not going to “try to get up early to write a post” — I must have my ass out of bed at 6 and press Publish by 8:30.

No more excuses. No more being lazy.


“But what will you write about?” you ask.

What have I been writing about? Algorithms, daily outfits, data structures, Taylor Swift’s new album, random articles on philosophy … the topics will vary day-to-day, but the actual content shouldn’t change from what’s already here. The articles may be shorter, but the goal is to eventually reach a point where I can produce high-quality pieces in a small amount of time, and become a more creative person in general. 😉

Work starts tomorrow! Let’s do this.

Mimi Chenyao // Asian Barbie

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