This is the one piece of advice I hear over and over again.
“Just sit down and start writing.”
“You only need 5 minutes a day to meditate.”
“Showing up to the mat is the greatest gift you can give yourself.”
“Set out your exercise clothes the night before.”
These are all variations of the same advice. The hardest part of forming any new habit, working towards any new goal, it starting.
I recently downloading a 30-Day Challenge Fitness app. It takes about 5 minutes to get through the exercises on Easy. But I find once I have my tights and sports bra on I usually add in extra exercises. I have a pelvic tilt problem, so why not do a couple of exercises for that? I’m at risk for developing a hunch from my bad posture while sitting at a desk, so why not do a few exercises to correct that? Maybe I’ll tack on a few breathing exercises or turn on some YogaTube. It’s a great way to get things going.
I have a Spanish app as well. Duolingo is based on the whole 5-minutes a day premise. It’s quick and if I have extra time I typically end up doing more than the one lessons requirement.
Sitting down to write for 5 minutes, often leads to at least 20 minutes.
I leave my guitar out, rather than in its case, so its accessible. As soon as I touch it, I’ll play a couple of songs. Even if I just sit in front of the TV and practice chords and building my finger strength I consider it a win.
Every little bit counts, but showing up is the one obstacle I must overcome every day. And it’s hard. But worth it.