Today is Slice of Life. In March I joined the month long challenge once again. After March was over I decided I was going to try to continue with the Tuesday Slice of Life posts. I did really well for awhile; writing a slice, reading at least three, and then leaving comments. Soon I didn't have time to write and would stop by a few posts to comment. Then I was reading a few and not leaving a comment. Then it just seemed hard to keep up. I've missed this weekly community so today I've decided I'm going to find time for this post. I've decided all I need is 15 minutes.
You see, recently at a writing retreat Brenda Power has had me rethinking productivity. She's caused me to pause and rethink writing time a bit. I've always felt I need a large block of time to write, but maybe sometimes 15 minutes is all I really need. She talked a lot about the power of just finding small pockets of time to write. It was something to think about.
It wasn't long until this idea was reinforced by Ruth Ayres when she visited Central Ohio recently and spoke with Literacy Connection participants. She gave us two different writing time periods less than 15 minutes. It was interesting to see how much could really be accomplished in less than fifteen minutes. I realize how many times ideas slip through my fingers because I don't take time to write.
So I've been rethinking 15 minutes. Yes, I've been rethinking writing time, but also a lot of things I have a hard time finding enough time to do. I've started keeping a list of things I can do in 15 minutes. When I find myself with a few minutes I just look at the list. I've also started trying to find 15 minutes to write quickly.
In 15 minutes I can:
- take time for a 15 minute clean (This is my new favorite. I just set a timer and clean as much as I can in 15 minutes...it's a lot less of a commitment.)
- clean off my dresser
- complete a quick write about an idea so it is ready for my return
- jot a quick poem
- make a list
- go through the dreaded mail stack
- put dishes in the dishwasher
- fold a load of clothes
- scan my Twitter feed
- read a few blog posts
- clean out my car
- read a few Slice of Life posts
It's 8:08. My 15 minutes are up.
What do you find you can do in just 15 minutes?