30-Day Sprints – Round 1, Writing

Over the past several months, I have been thinking about improving my skills in several areas and having learned about 30-day sprints as a way to improve, I have decided that I might as well start now.  This blog post is my public commitment to 30 days of writing.  I will write at least 250 words per day.  I will not publish or share the writing every day but I will be keeping track and posting word count.

For the 250 words, I am not striving for polished and perfect words, just 250 words about whatever I am thinking about.  Since I am in the final stages of dissertation editing, I will count any writing I have to do for that.  For when I encounter some self-resistance about “not wanting to write” or having writers-block, I will write about that.

To help with this sprint, future sprints, and developing the discipline muscles, I will do this at a scheduled time every day, between 7-8am.  All the cool kids use dedicated time, Paul J. Silvia’s book How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing has some great recommendations and ideas.

For those who are interested in 30-day sprints for personal development, here is a resource that seems like good a good place to get information:

Here we go!  If you have done anything like this, or want to join the sprinting, let me know, it would be fun to have companions on the journey.


About mcolpitts

Dr. Matthew W. Colpitts has served at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School as the Director of Residence Life since August 2017 leading the educational, operational, and student support aspects of the boarding program. Matt has been an educator, administrator, and leader in higher education and K12 independent schools for over 10 years serving in the areas of residence life, university housing, student conduct, campus safety and security, emergency management, enrollment management, and student affairs. Matt has also served in educator-leader roles at diverse educational institutions including Clark University, Landmark College, Southern Oregon University, Utah State University, and Interlochen Center of the Arts. Most recently, he was the Dean of Students for the Academy at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He also does independent risk and safety management consulting. A first-generation college student from rural Maine, Matt is a proud graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA with a B.A. in English and Philosophy. He holds an Ed.D. from Fielding Graduate University where he researched emergency management in educational institutions. Outside of school, Matt enjoys reading, traveling, and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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