There’s been all sorts of autobiographies out lately, and I don’t mean autobiographies of philosophers or politicians – but celebrity autobiographies. As I am who I am, I was naturally drawn to Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Amy Poehlers Yes, Please!, and in a partial surprise, Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I Can. Now, this isn’t to say that I don’t like Lauren Graham – she’s perfectly lovely. I grew up on Gilmore Girls and watching her. I watched her show Parenthood a bit, but never got as into it as Gilmore Girls. Parenthood had a few similarities between my own big family and the messes it gets into and I think that’s why I didn’t watch it actually. I am clearly digressing.
At another point I will do book reviews for these lovely ladies – honestly, Tina and Amy combined has got to be my spirit animal. I have half Liz Lemon and half Leslie Knope. Once again, topics of another day, each worthy of significant amount of space.
Are you wondering why the topic of this post has anything to do with stick-to-itiveness? Well, the biggest gem that I got out of Lauren Grahams book was the lesson that even when you don’t want to do something. Gosh darn it, it is going to pain you to no end to do something, give yourself some amount of time, set a timer, get rid of distractions, and do it. The amount of time isn’t important, it’s simply the act of doing it. If it is 5 minutes – do it. It’s only 5 minutes! You can do it!!!
Well, tonight I got home from work. Today has been overall a super productive day, but work tonight I was just drained, I was negative, I just felt like a shitty f-up all night. I also think that I am getting a cold, which doesn’t help anything, and I am tired. It’s midnight, I am tired. I do not want to work on this blog! No way, Jose! But, alas, I have set out to work on it for at least 15 minutes every day. 15 minutes. So, here we are, and this is what I’ve come up with in those 15 minutes. And, as much as there are days that this method sucks, there is something to stick-to-itiveness that does propel you forward and get you closer to your dreams.
So, what is it that you are going to do for 15 minutes everyday? Want to start at 5 minutes a day? That’s okay, too. Have you been putting off getting in shape? 5 minutes of push-ups or sit ups, or just go for a quick walk. Want to learn a new language? Download an app and do a lesson on it. Want to have a cleaner house but absolutely fricking hate cleaning? Up you go, 5 minutes of it, right now. Put it in small doses, make it manageable. Theoretically at some point it will become second nature and it will be a “habit” — or you’ll have to keep reminding yourself to just do those 5 minutes a day, and on the days that you have the ambition, gosh darn it – go for ten! Just get to it, stick to it, and do it.
Now it’s your turn, what are you going to do? P.S. I am still exhausted and am struggling to go the very short distance from the couch to my bedroom. Ugh.