I love how the universe works. I wanted to get back into blogging, and I stumble upon reverb10. I write about how I want to make room in my life for writing, and today's reverb10 prompt is all about writing. Ask and you shall receive. (A powerful reminder that the universe gives you what you need, when you need it. You just have to be willing to listen. And do the work when the answers find you...)
On to today's prompt.
December 2 – Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)
Work. It's a glib answer, but it's true. I spend so much time in front of a screen at work, writing or editing political communications, that by the time I get home, the last thing I really want to do is sit in front of a screen. Or write. And then there's the things I do when I do sit in front of the screen at home, like play on Facebook. Or Twitter. Or mindlessly surf the web while the TV is on in the background. I try to do too many things at once. Or check out, turn off the brain for a while. And inevitably, a half-hour turns into an hour. An hour turns into two, and before I know it, my evening is shot, and I haven't put pen to paper or fingers to keys and written anything of meaning to me.
I can't eliminate work, clearly. (Without winning the lottery, that is, which would require me to actually purchase a ticket or two, and even then the odds would only be improved minutely...) But I can chose to use my downtime more productively. I can limit my at home screen time. I can chose to focus on one thing at a time, and devote myself to it. I can chose to make writing a priority. I've found a way to include meditation every day, I can also find a way to make writing a regular part of my life. And I will...