Give me Fifteen Minutes.
When I was in my twenties I worked in radio which I really enjoyed. One of my favorite things I learned was how much can be done in the seven minutes and five seconds of the Beatles song, Hey Jude. I could document all the radio tower data (oh this was an old school station) I could sprint across the station and get a snack… I could then make it back in time to record the hourly news and get two commercials ready plus numerous other errands… all by the end of that song. You could best believe if Hey Jude was playing I had things I needed to do. Had you asked me if I could get it all done in normal seven minutes I would have laughed and said no… but as soon as that song was over I would be surprised that it was all more than accomplished. It almost seemed magical.
Imagine if you doubled it.. you could conquer the world.
I have recently gotten in the habit of leaving my art set up in the studio. Paper taped down. Brushes out. Water already filled. Paints opened and waiting. There they sit just staring at me. I come through the music room and a little haven of sorts beckons me to come over and sit for…say seven minutes. Seven minutes sometimes turns into more… mostly not. But art happens. So I started leaving books open with a rock on them. I tell myself… just fifteen minutes…just power read for fifteen minutes.
So I have been making lists…. well I have always been making lists… I love lists. But these lists contain work and pleasure. Just to fold two loads of laundry (which I detest)… fifteen minutes. But now it is done… you can do anything for 15 minutes…even laundry . Truthfully if you have a crockpot if you started now in 15minutes your dinner for tonight could be mostly complete! Do you know how many children’s books you can read to a kid in 15minutes? Like the entire library ! Do you know how many lessons can be taught in that time? I can do all of the Costco shopping for this family of ten in twenty minutes… every time… I have dreams of besting my time and getting it down to fifteen… it is true I have lofty life goals.
15minutes is pretty magical.
Make a list that is work and pleasure.
Set a timer.