I just finished listening to an audio book called “Get it Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day” by Sam Bennett. Exactly what I needed to read/listen to because I tend to start things and then procrastinate getting them finished. I’d love to get the hard copy of the book, because there are a lot of exercises that I’d like to read and write out and do properly to help me work through some of the things that keep me stuck. Basically, she recommends making a list of 15-minute projects, and then choosing one a day that feels good for that day/moment, and set a timer and go for it! It’s amazing what can be accomplished in just 15 mins a day. Even if that 15 minutes is sitting in silence and collecting yourself, it is worth while. Or doing 15 minutes of research on a project or next step. 15 minutes is better than no time spent at all, so if you are having trouble fitting time into your day for creativity, try this…just 15 minutes a day. Choose your time of day and go for it. Be consistent. And aim for a C…it doesn’t have to be A+ material work, just some of forward motion.
This is what I’ve done so far…in about 5-15 min intervals of time. Confession…I have not painted on her in the last 2 days because I did not schedule in the time. I thought I would find the time, and well, in all honesty, that almost never happens. But had I scheduled and asked for the time, I’d have had it. So that is my lesson for this week…schedule the time, don’t expect it to just show up. Short bursts of creative time are totally better than no time at all. I have spent a lot of time thinking that I don’t really “get into” my art until almost an hour into playing and creating…that’s when I hit “the zone”…like how in running the first 20 minutes pretty much sucks, and then I can go for what feels like forever. I had myself convinced that I couldn’t do anything productive in less than an hour of painting time. But I have proven that false, because look at this! Sure, she still needs work, but it’s progress, it’s forward movement! And a C is better than an unfinished A+ hopeful.
I am attempting this method for house cleaning, as my art room and other areas of the house have gotten out of control, and completely overwhelm me when I even think of starting o organize and tidy them up. But I’m going to work on it, 15 minutes at a time. Maybe even an hour at a time. The important thing is to set a timer. I find that with running, if I know I have the interval timer set, I don’t check it as often, and I don’t think about or worry about time because I know I will get my break. I’m going to apply this method to cleaning at home…because I think I get wrapped up in how much time I spend and nothing else gets done. But if I, say, listen to one podcast while I clean, I know that at the end, I get a break, regardless where I am at in the grand scheme of things, I have earned a break. Thank you Samantha Bennett!!!