Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Time and the Tides

There was a time when I taught classes in college success. Every semester, we'd discuss money management, how to balance home and school, and basically just navigate a system most of the students had never experienced before.

Every year, at the last meeting of the semester, I'd ask each student what they would tell themselves if they could go back in time to the beginning of the semester, and about 99% of the time, they gave me the same answer: "I would have given myself more time."

They would have started the paper sooner. They would have joined that club, or spent time with family and friends.

They would have done a hundred things, but it all boils down to time management.

Everybody knows this, of course. There are lots of people who make their living out of telling us how to organize ourselves and manage how we spend our time. "Spend" is the operative word here. That is exactly what we do. We exchange the hours and minutes of our lives for things and experiences.

What do you want?

If you want to write, you have to set aside time and write. There is no other way around this. People with children write. People with jobs (even those who work full-time plus) write. people with illnesses and disabilities write.

This is not intended to make anyone feel guilty. My intention is to help you see that potential is out there for everyone. Do yourself a favor. Take 15 minutes right now, and write something. Do it again tomorrow. Before you brush your teeth or get your coffee (OK, after your coffee), set aside time every day to write. Even if it's 10 minutes or 100 words. It'll build up. Keep going. There's magic in a daily ritual.

Tell yourself it doesn't have to be forever. Give it a month.

Let me know what happens.


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