Sometimes I’m incredibly inspired to write. I lose track of time and don’t notice anything going on around me. Other times my mind is blank. Nothing seems to pop in. Either way, every day, I sit down to write, ready or not.
On the days I’m less inspired, I set a mental clock for 15 minutes, even though I’ve allotted an hour for writing. This way, I maintain the discipline of sitting down to write, but I’ve fulfilled my commitment to myself and can stop in 15 minutes if I’m feeling tortured by the process and what has appeared on the page is nothing or jumbled thinking. However, if my random thoughts suddenly begin to materialize into bigger coherent ideas around the 14 minutes and 59 second mark? I keep writing for that whole hour while I get all my thoughts down on paper.
I share this for one reason: So often we wait for the inspiration to do what we want to do. But the fact is? We’re not always inspired. It’s a commitment to the task and a form of discipline that allows us to accomplish whatever it is we want to get done. I use this same approach with cleaning my house. I never feel totally psyched about organizing a closet, emptying the dishwasher, making beds or anything else. But, I tell myself I’ll commit to 15 minutes. Before I know it, I’m cruising through whatever needed to be done, gaining a rhythm. My self-satisfaction quotient raises significantly. My Mom calls it “The 15 minute Rule.” It works and gets the jobs done.
I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience ✨ I’m the author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook and a Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People. Modeling info Wilhelmina New York —other info in my bio & on my websites.