One Hour

To begin the thing you’re too scared to go after but know deep down you really want, one hour is a good place to start.

Going full speed ahead just isn’t my style. When there’s something I truly want, I warm up to it slowly. In the early stages of a project, I fall in love with an idea, but when I actually think about doing it, I become paralyzed by not knowing where to start.

For months before starting this blog, it was like I was dating a guy I’m not so sure about. One minute I’m daydreaming of all the promising things about him, and then suddenly, all the reasons why it won’t work out. After mulling about for much too long, I came across some great advice from Jonathan Mead and set a date. I chose April 1st as the day I would publish this brand new blog. I also committed to working on it for one hour at least three times a week.

Before eating breakfast or brushing my teeth, I login or open a blank page in my notebook. During this hour I do not check email. I do not scroll through Facebook. I do not fold socks. Just blog. And guess what? It works. Having a structure that’s loose enough to breathe in, but forces me to make the commitment I want to make, has been key.

The other morning I sat at my desk feeling stuck, but I continued to sit there because the hour was only half through. I sat until I got so bored I began to write. Even if I’m staring blankly at the screen for 20 minutes, I’m still showing up and saying this matters to me. To begin the thing you’re too scared to go after but know deep down you really want, one hour is a good place to start.

Advertisements

6 comments

  1. “I sat until I got so bored I began to write.” LOL!!! This reminds me of Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk about how she showed up for work every day, even when her creative genius did not.

  2. It’s good advice, and honestly the only way I know to get started on anything difficult. ;b Sometimes I don’t even shoot for an hour, just twenty minutes, even though usually those twenty minutes end up stretching into an hour or more.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s