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Yes, while I, like a ‘few’ others, tend to procrastinate, I have been consistently showing up to my creative projects.
But I wanted to be more mindful about my work.
So I figured, why not issue myself a challenge?
I happened across this three-minute TED Talk on trying something new for 30 days.
I shrank that to five days.
Why so few?
I just wanted to observe my process of mindful ‘showing up’–30 days would have been a drain.
There are tons of anti-procrastination tips to try out, but I wanted to create my own, style them after my own inclinations.
There’s no reason I couldn’t move beyond the original five-day target
And, of course, I’m a wimp.
National Novel Writing Month update: I won’t make the 50,000 word goal, but I’ve accomplished what I wanted. I’ve spent ‘quality’ time [i.e. good focused effort] on two writing projects.
Sometimes, you just need to lay down an insane, ‘stretch-yourself-beyond-comfort’ challenge.
And hey, even if you crank out 20,000 words, that’s probably tons more than you had planned for this month.
This is an offshoot of my self-imposed ‘showing up’ challenge from three weeks ago. More on that later.
I appreciated this article on LifeHack.com. Perfect for retirees.
It not only gave me some new ideas on how to enjoy these years, but it reaffirmed the following:
#1 : Take a walk through the park speaks to my penchant for wandering.
#6: Learn how to bake. So much comfort and with a few of these skills, so many opportunities to not only fill your days, but to brighten someone else’s.
#7: Build something with your hands. To quote the author Grace Ghazarian: “There’s an innate need to create in all of us.”
#14: Try a new food. Oh yeah. Food is perhaps the easiest venue to an opportunity to ‘try new’.
And, on this Memorial Day 2019,
a hearty nod of gratitude to those who gave their lives so we can savor a life of freedom and opportunity.
As I continue my wanderings in the neighborhood, I’m enjoying the early signs of spring.
It makes me savor the unhurried, yet methodical arrival of each season.