Our use of time is so important for opening up opportunities for ourselves. Consider the Pomodoro technique (work 25 minutes and then take a break) or a variation of it for completing projects. I like to work for 45 minutes and then take a 5–15 minute break. If I have to do something I’d rather not, I do the opposite; I may work on the dreaded task for 15 minutes and then do something more fun for 30 minutes.
Sometimes, the dreaded task is do something creative, a stretch in our aspirations, something we’re not sure we can do, but we want to try. In 15 minutes, we can give ourselves the mini-opportunity to try something new, knowing it’ll be over soon — and it might be enough to prompt further trials. JNC