All you need is five minutes to do creative work

What are you waiting for?

If you want to write a book, you need to write. But maybe you’re not at your desk, maybe you’re too tired, maybe you’ve lost track of the storyline. What do you do?

The answer – whether you’re writing a book, or anything – is: anything you can.

Even if you don’t have all the tools, or all the answers, even if you aren’t exactly sure what comes next, there is something you can do.

Maybe that something is to get out your notebook or phone and create a simple list of what you need to move forward. Better yet: make the list, then set a reminder for yourself. Because it’s that list, and that reminder, that will not only serve as the first step, but they also provide you with the actionable momentum to take that next step.

If you want to start a new painting project, or a website, or a business, or a song, or whatever, do whatever you can right now. Give yourself five minutes to do it. Just five minutesHere’s a free online timer to get you started (pro-tip: click on the “short break” button near the top of the page).

Even if that means you spend the next five minutes only outlining what it is you need to do when you get more time later in the day, that’s something, that’s progress. For creative work, progress is everything.

Small steps add-up fast. You spend five minutes today, and tomorrow, and the next day, working on these little steps and before you know it you have a completed book draft, or a first layer of paint, a business plan, or whatever.

Like dominoes falling into place.

There’s no excuse for why you can’t spend the next five minutes making some small progress on what it is you need to be doing to make progress on your creative art.

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