Nick F. Stanley

Ramblings of a New Author

Non-Zero Days

“Write one sentence. One pushup. Read one page of that chapter. One. Because one is non zero. You feel me?” -ryans01

As part of reaching my goals, I’ve committed to making every day a non-zero day. What does this mean? In a nutshell, I will do something everyday to bring me closer to reaching my goals. In the case of writing, it means I will write at least one new sentence, or jot down one new idea, for the book I’m currently working on. I’ll likely do more most days, but I will always do something, no matter how small it may be, because that will keep me on track to getting it done.

I first heard the concept of Non-Zero Days here:

Quite awhile after that, just a couple days ago in fact, I discovered the subreddit NonZeroDay dedicated to the idea of non-zero days. For those unfamiliar with Reddit, basically, where I linked to is a subsection of the site dedicated specifically to the idea of non-zero days.

I love the idea of non-zero days, because it’s very easy to commit to doing something small everyday with no excuses. And once you start small, you often go bigger. One sentence is easy, but then why not write a few more? And before you know it, there’s another page done and out of the way. Alternatively, just do one pushup. Except, now that I’m down here on the floor, maybe I’ll just go ahead and do a few more. And if you really do stop at one sentence or one pushup? It’s still better than not doing anything at all.


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