What can you do in five minutes? The list, especially if you’re a parent, can be quite long. Here, let me give you the top 5 in my list of 5 minutes for my 5 year old son:
- Turn a frown upside down
- Get a snack
- Move from Batman to Spiderman (naturally, we’re super heroes after all)
- Transform Bumblebee (with instructions…you hope)
- Rescue Barbie from Snake Eyes (which can be a struggle when you don’t know where Barbie was stashed)
Other aspects of our life can also be done in five minutes too. For example, dinner:
- Hot Dogs (less than 5 minutes)
- Hamburgers on a George Foreman Grill (if frozen, 6 minutes)
- Leftovers (popular Saturday favorite… at least for the parents)
- Steamed veggies (yum!)
- 2 cups of coffee (nectar of life)
Sometimes I find that is how I live my life, 5 minutes at a time. I need 5 minutes to update a design, 5 minutes to take the dogs out, 5 minutes to run to the gas station, and finally, 5 minutes to say goodnight to the little ones.
When I actively think about it, I get a moment of realizing that time, being relative, works against my wants and need to write. I get so wrapped up in being a Mom, going to work, cleaning the house, and whatever bloody emergency pops up at odd moments at a time. I mean really, is it necessary for me to haul my forward momentum to a stop so I can pull out a bit of fluff out of the puppies mouth????
On the 13th, after a day of intense design work and then full steam ahead Mom, it was after the kids bed time when I sat at my computer with a combination of disdain and longing at the potential it possessed, trying to figure out what I wanted to do before I hauled my own exhausted butt to bed. On a whim, I decided to try a suggestion I read in an article in the latest issue of Writer’s Digest Yearbook about a 5 minute writing exercise. I figured, hell, the rest of my life works at 5 minute increments, why not give this a shot.
In a period of 5 minutes I went from a blank page to 200+ words and a desire to keep going. It was amazing! I couldn’t believe it and I just followed through. Did it the next night and the night after that, too. Went from 200 to 1000+. I was like “Wooo Hooo” Go me, I rock! I also started a new short story which I hope I’ll finish sooner than later. So, with this in mind, I created the top 5 writing tasks that can be completed in, you guessed it, 5 minutes!
- Move from funk to writing machine
- Start a character sketch
- Create a scene sketch
- Research a sticky point (how much can a person talk after being in a 2 month coma?)
Fair warning though, when you start any of these projects, while it may only take 5 minutes, don’t be surprised that when you look at the clock again, a whole hour passed.
So, question time: What is your top 5 writing tasks that can be done in 5 minutes??? (Please, keep it to writing)