Got five minutes?

by Jeffrey P. Fisher





Not enough time for your art? Follow this simple formula.


It's possible to accomplish more with your artistic career using whatever time you have available. Jerry Cleaver, in his "Immediate Fiction" book, offered this simple, yet effective method for making time for your creative pursuits. Set aside five minutes each and every day to work on your art for a month (writing, music, whatever is most important to you).


Take no time off. Ever. For any reason. And don't bank the minutes. Five minutes every day for 30 full days.


Now five minutes isn't much time, but the two and a half hours you accrue can add up to some significant progress. And you make your art a real part of your daily, must-do routine.


This is important if you have a day job, work your five music minutes BEFORE your regular job. Your mind is fresher and your subconscious learns that your artistic creative endeavor is more important to you.


After the first month, bump up the time to 10 minutes, then 15 the next month, on to 20, 30, then

more. By slowly making time in your schedule for important creative work, you establish a genuine groove that both satisfies your artistic needs and increases your output substantially.


Even with the distractions of daily life, keep to your goals. Don't fight those challenges. Remind yourself of your need and look for real artistic immersions. Listen. Read. Research. Scribble. You can work your art for at least five minutes every day even when it seems you can't.


Isn't pursuing this idea worth it if it lets you focus on what's most important in your life? What do you think?

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