As monstrous as holiday prep can be, there’s something truly insidious about the procrastination that creeps up on us afterward.
After all, we just participated in an orgy of gift giving and overindulgance followed by a ride on ye olde family emotional rollercoaster.
We’re wiped out. Life can get along fine without us for a while. Can’t it?
School and work force us back into your old routines, but some things we put off, saying to ourselves, “I’ll get to that later.”
Of course, this is pretty natural. Interrupting our daily schedule and habits messes us up. We feel all discombobulated. We put off doing stuff until “things settle down” when “life gets back to normal.”
But don’t beat yourself up, either. It’s hard to jump back into things at the high level you were at previously. No matter how much we wish it, we aren’t superheroes. We have to start small. Baby steps.
All it takes is 15 minutes. Hey, we can do that, right? 15 minutes is nothing.
I was feeling some serious resistence getting back to writing. Not a big surprise since this is my first post of 2014! The weeks went by and I kept putting off writing a post, editing my novel, or working on short story ideas. I finally couldn’t stand myself anymore.
I set my alarm for 15 minutes and started editing, since that’s the easiest (for me) to do. When the alarm went off, I was on a roll, so I set it again. Kept on doing this for about an hour until I finished editing two chapters.
That finally broke something, because now I’m ready to write. And create. Without the timer.
Now, this method isn’t new but I was reminded of it by Melissa Dinwiddie at Living a Creative Life.
If you have trouble getting started on a task, try the 15 minute method. Let me know how it works for you.
Images courtesy of Simon Shek, wonderferret, and OC Always on Flickr Creative Commons.