Don’t Just Show Up On The Good Days. Learn To Show Up On Your Worst Days & You’re Winning Against 95% Of Others

5 Tools Creators Can Use To Show Up Even On The Hard Days

Ev Chapman
6 min readMar 2, 2022

Creators who master showing up daily are winning against 95% of everyone else.

Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash

Except showing up daily is hard. There are a million other things that want our attention. And when we’re starting out it’s hard to see where all this ‘creating’ is going. Plenty of people in my real life asked me that question.

They couldn’t see the long game plan.

But after a year of showing up, I’m now starting to see how all that showing up has paid off. I have grown a substantial audience on Twitter as well as my own newsletter. I have multiple paid products that bring in between $1k & $3k per month. And I have a heck of a lot of published words on the screen that are seen by thousands of people every day.

Except it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. There are hard days, days where I have no energy, days when life (& work) gets in the way. So I assembled a few tricks to help me show up even on the shitty days.

Let’s get into them…

Work A Little Overtime On Your Good Days

It’s always easy to put in a little extra effort when the creative juices are flowing. I’m the kind of creator that when I’m in the zone, I literally can’t stop until all that creativeness is played out. So I like to use that momentum energy to squirrel a little away for the harder days:

  • Do an extra brain dump. On days when I’m feeling really creative, I’ll grab a bunch of ideas from my ideas list, go through each one and brain dump a whole lot of words into it. This doesn’t feel hard at all when I’m in a creative zone. But on the days where I’m just not feeling it, I’m so grateful I have those words to work with already.
  • Write 10 extra ideas. When creative juices are flowing it’s easy to pump out some ideas to write about. James Altucher says ideas are the currency of life and pushes himself to write 10 every day. I don’t write 10 every day, but I find if I can pump out 10 new article or essay ideas on a good day that’s enough to get me…



Ev Chapman

I show you how to build & share your personal knowledge with the world so you can earn independent income without having to quit your day job cold turkey.