Overcoming overthinking through daily shipping

publishedabout 2 months ago
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Hey,

Last week I completed 30 days of a daily writing challenge (Ship 30 for 30).

I signed up for the challenge because I wanted to develop a writing habit.

I kept hoping to share the essays with you via email, but I didn't have have the energy to do anything outside of the daily commitment to ship an essay!

Each one is roughly 250-300 words, and covers a variety of topics around Creator Economy, Founder Life, and Workflow Design, with a few more playful and personal ones too.

link to Ship 30 essays
Link to the public Notion database:
https://okidoki.notion.site/a5e9161430014cd39f0de427d0db1de6?v=a0560a29b7bf43cb9415e48318bb22f3

You may have caught a few of them if you follow me on Twitter (which is where the challenge takes place) or Instagram.

Here are the 5 most popular and engaged essays from Ship30:

Twitter links below, in case you want to add your comments, or visit the public Notion database.

1. I met my husband on Twitter

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July 13th 2021
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July 11th 2021
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2. The one thing all successful creators have:

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July 1st 2021
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3. How I niched with Notion

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June 29th 2021
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4. The art of sliding into the DMs

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July 11th 2021
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5. Learning Notion? How to reduce your overwhelm

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July 12th 2021
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How was I able to go from wild inconsistency to publishing something daily?

Constraints
Essays were 250-300 words, which forces you to be incredibly concise. I needed these constraints, as my tendency is to write very long in-depth posts that sometimes get so long, I get tired and don't actually finish! Tiny essays are a great way to test ideas, make your opinions known, and see what truly resonates.

Systems
I revamped my Notion Content Creation Dashboard to support a distraction-free writing process. I created separate areas for ideation, writing, and editing, and a detailed template which made it way easier to ship! It was the Atomic Habit equivalent of putting your running shoes by the front door. I now have an actual writing process, and not just a database of writing. I will share the new setup in a video soon!

Ritual
I created a daily ritual around the writing, and aimed to do it at the same time every day. I was expecting to do my writing in the evening, but in the end, it felt best to do first thing in the morning before hopping into the office. It felt good to start the day with my own creative work, which set the tone for the rest of the day.


Now, while I feel super proud of the essays I wrote (and experienced some massive Twitter growth and engagement in the process), I know that there are only so many hours in the day.

So when folks asked me if I was going to continue writing daily essays, I felt confident that the answer was no. At least not right away.

Why?

There are other creative projects that need my focus and attention right now (chiefly, my curriculum redesign project).

I wanted to overcome overthinking and improve my ideation, writing and editing process, which I did!

Now it's time to take the experience and learning and apply it to other formats and channels like email, course content, and video.

I can also take the comments and questions from the essays and elaborate with longer-form content, or use them as a spring board for video ideas.

If you've been wanting to create a writing habit and could use a little accountability, I highly recommend checking out Ship 30 for 30 (affiliate link).


📣 SHOUT-OUTS:

Ev Chapman has an awesome resource, Consumer 2 Creator lab, which heavily influenced my new Content dashboard. It's rad. If you want to improve your consumption habits and consistently generate ideas, grab this resource.

Noggin.so for hosting online courses with Notion. We've been using it internally with a few projects, and it's a delight to use. If you're already using Notion and are looking to ship an online course without all the overhead, you definitely want to check Noggin out.

Robert Andrews (creator of Notionware) has created a neat little Notion Siri & Shortcuts Pack.


📺 GOOD STUFF

Currently obsessed with Movies that made us on Netflix.
This is the stuff that sends me down multi-hour-long research rabbit-holes. I am endlessly fascinated with "behind the scenes" of any kind of creative project, especially film-making.

The process, the team, the challenges, and the decisions that often create a cascade of impact that changes people's lives in the process... gah!

I also have an insatiable curiosity about the actor's experience, and the intense process of embodying the essence of the character.

The close calls, risky bets, bold moves... the people who put everything on the line to bring an idea to life... I cannot get enough!


That's all for this week; have a good one!

Marie Poulin

Marie Poulin
Notion Mastery


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