When You Just Don’t Wanna — Take 5 Minutes


January 30, 2014 by Woz

I don’t know about you, but I tend to lose steam on things that I start with such fierceness. I chalk this up to being a scanner (as defined by Barbara Sher in her enlightening book) and don’t beat myself up anymore about being interested in so many things at the drop of a dime.

The problem, though, is that when it’s something I REALLY WANT, I have to try that much harder to stay focused and interested. And this, my friends, can be a real drag and energy suck.

I didn’t want to walk or write today. At all. In fact, I even said out loud “You can’t make me!” as I stared down at my New Balance. I refused to open my writer’s notebook and stuck my lower lip out like a spoiled child. Me no want!

Ah, the first (of many, I’m certain) stumbling block of this journey. No one was going to make me do either and I felt like I was getting away with something naughty.

Yet those damn shoes just sat there taunting me. My notebook was wide open as if it was saying “Write in me, please. You know you want to!”

And you know what? I really did. But I didn’t all at the same time.


So it was time to bring out some of the tools I bought for occasions just like today. I pulled Judy ReevesA Writer’s Book of Days off my shelf and began to thumb through it. I saw writing prompts sprinkled through the book and thought to myself “Okay, I can do this for 5 minutes.”

It’s just 5 minutes, right?

And that’s where it starts…sometimes just with 5 minutes. Away I went…

I didn’t write chapters and walk a 5K today, but I did keep moving forward and I consider that a win.

What can you do for 5 minutes right now to move your goals forward? Go ahead and go for it. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. 😉


One thought on “When You Just Don’t Wanna — Take 5 Minutes

  1. Thanks for the post and the inspiration. Sometimes just a little quickie (5 minutes, even) can lead to something more. Glad the book helped get you rolling today. (My book and I are all giddy to be mentioned on your blog. Thank you.)

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