Rebecca’s post last week was great showing us where we can incorporate some writing time, thanks Rebecca!
This week I want to give you a short rule to go by when you don’t have enough time. It’s very simple. Write for 15 minutes, no more, no less. You can do anything for 15 minutes.
Finding out how easy this was, and how hard I had made it, prompted me to apply this rule to other areas of my life. How many things really took only 15 minutes? And from there I moved into 15 minute plans for everything, including writing.
If you don’t have enough time on the bus, waiting for dinner, or any other place, try scheduling 15 minutes a day; when you first get up, when you go to bed, after you brush your teeth, you get the idea. If you have it slated on your calendar to do 15 minutes of writing a day, you will get more done than if you don’t plan it. What if you miss a day or two? As soon as you remember, get back on track and write in your idea book or start a new story from your idea notebook. You have a notebook, right?! The 15 minute rule is a way to stay productive when time is hard to come by.
I make it a point to write 15 minutes a day no matter what. If I get to do it, great. If I get to do more, wonderful. Having this plan ensures I get more done than if I don’t keep a plan. The key is to remember to do it when you think of it and not worry when you didn’t do it.
You can do anything for 15 minutes. Annoying things like dishes, and fun things like crafting your next blockbuster story!
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