I’m trying to improve myself. This is an active process, the type that doesn’t — or can’t — get done all at once. Instead, it’s done in incremental steps. A small bit, every day.

One of the ways in which I’d like to accomplish this is by improving my lateral thinking capabilities. Another is to improve my ability to come up with new ideas. And finally, I’d like to be able to reach that lofty status of Financial Independence, supported either by my writing or by my own personal ventures.

There’s one simply method by which I think I can contribute a small percentage of personal growth each day.

How? By writing down ten ideas every day. At least ten. You may have heard about this before (as urged by one James Altucher here). And if I don’t think I can get to ten then the new goal for the day is twenty.

So I went out and bought myself a nice pen (Zebra F-701) and tiny little notebooks (guest checks to start, but if I don’t like them I’m switching to a Leuchtturm1917 notebook). I went out to a locally-owned cafe, bought a cold brew coffee, and got to writing.

On that first day over twenty ideas came pouring out.

I know it won’t always be like this. Some days I will really struggle to hit the five-mark, let alone ten. But I have my motivation and soon I will have accountability by blogging about the past week’s ideas every week. Maybe some of them will turn into articles on this blog. Maybe some will actually turn into good projects for me. The only way to find out is to do it.

Hopefully, through the power of habit I’ll be able to spot those places in everyday life that have a Need — the kind of Need that can be addressed by a technology, service, or other, that I can fulfill.

Establishing this routine and sticking to it will give me the courage to find and establish other routines that maybe I’ve been avoiding for some reason. This blog is another such example: writing, frequently and steadily, is the only way to get better at writing.

In six months, and then in a year, I’ll be checking back in with a retrospective to see how I’ve been doing.