It’s time for our weekly Five Minute Friday writing prompt and blog link-up!
(If you’ve just come off of the Write 31 Days Challenge you might be feeling ready for a break or at least a nap, but what better time to keep the momentum going, right? If you’ve done it for 31 days you can write one more post!) 😉
This week’s writing prompt is: REPEAT
Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.
I’m not great at sticking to routines. I’m busy and productive, but not very structured. And yet I know I can be more productive and effective if I just make a plan and stick to it.
So this past few months, I’ve tried to make a few very simple changes to my day-to-day routine:
1) On at least three weekday mornings, I try to write for thirty minutes before work. I find that my mind is freshest right after my shower and breakfast, so I try to tap out something useful during that time.
2) I’ve been trying to read for pleasure before bed. This sounds simple enough, but since I own my own business and work from home, it’s so easy and tempting to just be working all the time, right up until it’s time to go to sleep. Also, I often get asked to read books for reviews or endorsements, so I’m trying to read books before bed that I just feel like reading for fun. 🙂
I’m sharing this with you because these are not major or significant life changes, but these “tiny habits,” as my friend Asheritah Ciuciu likes to call them, have made a significant difference in my own stress levels. I find that writing for myself first thing in the morning gives me a sense of satisfaction and joy, and reading for myself in the evenings helps to get my mind off the cares of the day and helps me wind down so I can sleep faster when I turn out the light.
Repeating these habits has gotten me into a pleasant rhythm with unexpected rewards.
What small changes can you make in your routine that could make a big difference?
I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve got a lot of respect for the author,
and since the title goes along with this week’s prompt
I thought I’d leave a link here for those interested:
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Now it’s your turn! Join the fun with your own five minute free write, then visit your link-up neighbor to read theri post and leave an encouraging comment!