In January 2015, I finally acted on a recommendation from a friend to try out www.750words.com (hereby referred to as 750).
750 is a site that tracks the daily habit of writing, measured by a minimum of 750 words.
When you first log in, the simplicity of the site is beautiful; you are staring at a blank screen. You can write about whatever topic your heart desires and it auto-saves every few minutes in case you get lost along the way. As I began writing, the topics ranged from religion to career to money to relationships and bounced everywhere.
Here are the top 4 benefits I've noticed so far.
1. It allows for weekly reflection.
Once a week, I use 750 to answer four simple questions to reflect on the previous week.
- What did you learn?
- What would you do differently if you could do it again?
- Who should I call that I haven't talked to in a while that I want to have a meaningful relationship with?
- Who can I surround myself with to better myself and the people around us
2. It allows you to puke.
When you're with your friends, there is often the need to puke to them about your problems. I'm not sure if this has ever happened when you talk to friends at work:
I can safely raise my hand and say that I'm guilty of this on a regular basis. To avoid being a complainer, I've now resorted to dumping my complaints and ill-feelings into 750 so that I can move on with my life. The act of writing allows you to release all the pent-up feelings.
3. It allows you to consolidate your thoughts into clear ideas, which then allows you to act on it.
Most people have an average number of 10,000 thoughts in any given day. However, out of these 10,000 thoughts, a lot of them are repeat-thoughts!
This means that you're thinking about the same situations and problems multiple times throughout any given day, with no conclusions or resolutions. Top performers (people who get things done) tend to be able to focus on single tasks for longer periods of time.
One thing that I've loved about 750 is the ability to dump all of my feelings and situations onto the screen in front of me so that I can either
a) dive deeper into introspection for clarification or
b) decide on my next actions.
4. It reveals your heart and mind.
Once you've finished for the day, 750's algorithms take your writing into analysis mode and spits out a summary.
As you can see, it will show you whether you're positive or negative, introverted or extroverted, and what topic you're concerned mostly with.
It also shows you which perspective you're speaking from the most, whether you use the word "I", "You", "We", or "They" most commonly.
You'll be able to see how long it took you to complete your writing, how many distractions, and your average WPM.
Try 750 and let me know what happens! :)
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