I’d like to share one thing I’ve recently discovered.
This “thing” is a great way to relax, focus, de-stress and organize your thoughts.
As you can guess, this activity is all about writing.
I found that 20 minutes of writing per day significantly lower your stress and worries. There’s a downside though. Writing sometimes reveals deep ideas and feelings that you’d like to keep “deep”. For example, maybe you hate your job! 🙂
On the other hand, now you can process those feelings and deal with them.
Here’s the correct way to write:
1. Use a timer. I recommend 20 minutes per day. When I wrote for the first time, it took me 30 minutes to start writing anything meaningful.
What did I write for the first 30 minutes of that session?
BS, mostly. Like: “I don’t know what to write about. But I will keep writing for an hour, so I’m stuck here. I’m sitting on my couch, with my laptop on my lap. Haha. LAPtop. My laptop is on TOP of my LAPs. Why isn’t it called lapstop? Maybe because it would read “stop”. Funny”.
That’s the kind of stuff I wrote.
Then, 30 minutes of this nonsense-writing later, I lost track of time and started pouring my worries and wishes out onto the screen.
Funny thing was found. Writing forces you to keep one thought in your mind long enough to analyze it and “digest”. Then, you’re much better at making decisions. Writing slows down your mind. Sometimes that’s all you need.
2. Don’t show it to anyone. Only when you keep 100% privacy can you remove any self-imposed inhibitions. Don’t let anyone read what you write. Write it on a paper and destroy the paper if you don’t have your personal PC.
3. “But I don’t feel like writing”. That’s why you’re using timer. Set the timer, take your laptop or a piece of paper and sit there writing about anything.
You don’t need inspiration just like you don’t need inspiration to talk or to walk.
Set the timer, start writing. Even if you write nothing meaningful, your misery will be over soon (when the countdown is over). Then you will try again the next day.
4. I recommend to make your first session a bit longer than 20 minutes. The first 30 minutes or so will be pure agony. But after that, things will get easier. Next day it will get easier, and the day after that too.
5. You don’t have to do it for 20 minutes, but I do recommend doing it for at least 10-20 minutes. I’m pretty sure doing less than 10 minutes will produce little or no results. You brain needs time, at least at first, to slow down, focus. Give it time and it will reward you 🙂
6. Don’t correct your mistakes. Nobody’s going to see your text, so why slow down to correct your own spelling?
So, there you go. 6 rules of productive free writing!
Have ever used this technique before? Has it done anything good for you? Let me know!