Last week, I finally put ALL the versions I wrote of my upcoming book* together.
I’ve been working on it for a while now, and rewrote the book several different times for several different reasons.
As a result, I have a MASSIVE amount of written materials.
I put it all together in one Scrivener file so I could sort through it, see what’s already there, and what still needs to be done.
What sounded like an easy task, turned out to be a mini nightmare:
I found 2 (yes, TWO) versions of the book on my computer that I a) completely forgot I even wrote, and b) that for some reason managed to escape the massive computer- and book clean up I did a while back.
On top of that, I also found a binder filled with notes and ideas for the book, that I forgot about, too!
Instead of having a clear overview after putting all my materials in one place, I ended up feeling completely overwhelmed.
So overwhelmed, I wasn’t even capable of coming up with a way to work through this mess anymore.
Thankfully, I spoke to my coach that same week, and thanks to talking it through with her I found the solution I often give my own clients, but of course completely forgot to apply for myself:
The magic of 15 minutes.
Instead of focusing on any kind of visible end result (in my case: having the first draft of my book ready), you focus on another type of milestone:
On working on your task or project for 15 minutes each day.
It doesn’t matter what you get done or how much you get done, as long as you spend 15 minutes on the task or project.
If you want to spend more time on it?
Cool, go ahead. But if not? You don’t have to. Your job for the day is done.
(And if you don’t have 15 minutes? Or if 15 minutes doesn’t feel doable or even triggers you to feel even more overwhelm? Do 10 minutes. 5 minutes even. It’s ALWAYS better than nothing!!)
So that’s what I’ve been doing for a week now, every single day:
Working on my book for 15 minutes.
The first 3 days, I was happy when the 15 minutes were over.
I did NOT like sifting through the materials. I didn’t feel like I had any grip on the book or the process, and kept feeling overwhelmed while working through it.
But I DID it.
And it felt GOOD to hear the timer on my phone go off and knowing that I was done again for that day.
On the fourth day, it wasn’t as overwhelming as it was before.
I could see progress. Felt more grip. And even felt excitement for the book again.
On the fifth day, I looked forward to working on my book 🙂
I don’t know how far along I am, if I will start working on it longer than 15 minutes soon, or when the book will be finished.
And I don’t give a shit.
I know it WILL be finished.
I know I WILL publish it.
And I know I’ll start on the next book the moment this one is ready.
What task or project are you working on that currently makes you feel overwhelmed and disheartened?
Try the 15-minute magic.
Or how many minutes feels doable to you.
Don’t start out with more than 15 minutes, though!!
That only adds more pressure and overwhelm.
You can always add more time later, if you like.
For now, it’s more important to get started and to keep going, every day.
And make sure you are consistent, and work on your project DAILY.
(Minus the weekend – unless you genuinely FEEL like spending 15 minutes on your project.)
If you only do it for one or two days, you’ll end up having to get yourself moving all over again in another couple of weeks.
OR your project NEVER gets finished.
And when your project is something you LOVE?
You want to finish it.
No matter how much you love your project or idea: there will ALWAYS be moments where it doesn’t feel easy or fun to work on it.
If you wait for that to just blow over, you can be waiting a loooong time.
If something truly matters to you, keep going and do not give up, ever!
Think about how GOOD it will feel to have it done in who cares how much time.
And get started on your first 15 minutes (or 10. Or 5.) TODAY.
Repeat tomorrow, the day after, and the day after that.
Until you’re done.
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