Have you dedicated 15 minutes a day to nurturing your creative self? Yeah, me neither. February showed me how easy it is to let distractions win. It’s time make them go away.
Step one for me is breaking the “Email-FBTwitter Email loop.” One thing “Snowpocalypse 2021” taught me was that I did not have to be in constant contact with the rest of the world. With no power for five days, cell phones died. Facebook and emails went unchecked and unanswered. Guess what happened? Nothing … the world kept turning without me in the loop. It was freeing.
Set aside a time once or twice each day to check your emails. Do the same thing for social media. While you’re at it, unsubscribe from all the unnecessary email lists you’re on. If you’re on a lot of lists, check out unroll.me/ and take care of a bunch all at once. I had no idea how many email lists I had subscribed to through the years. It felt good to unsubscribe from the ones I never read.
Put your phone down. Turn it off if you can. Spend time being present in the now. Rid yourself of the urge to check your texts every three minutes. Pay attention to those around you.
Focus on your projects. Pick one thing and DO it. Remember the perils of spreading yourself too thin, especially with all the requests other people make of you, distracting you from your agenda so you can help them with theirs instead.
Find a time each day to announce to yourself and the world “Just 15 minutes!” and then shut everything off (including your phone.) Sit down to create for 15 minutes. Don’t put any pressure on yourself to do anything else. You may slip into the zone, and before you know it, you’ve put in a solid hour on your creative work.
GLENDA THOMPSON, a columnist for the Pleasanton Express and is currently writing a series on finding your hidden talents. Glenda resides in Charlotte where she is hard at work on the second novel in a series about Texas Rangers with dark secrets. Her first novel, Broken Toys, is now available on Amazon.