Small beginnings and baby steps lead to greater goals

People ask me all the time how I find time to write with a full-time job and four children. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but I write a little at a time, when I can, much in the same way as throwing in a load of laundry while waiting for dinner to cook or just before rushing out to the supermarket. Some people call it multi tasking but whatever you call it, it means that I write even when I only have five minutes to spare. It means that the computer is up in the kitchen while I’m washing dishes. I go back and forth from the sink to the computer, jumping between two tasks when an idea strikes or when I get tired of doing one thing.

I didn’t always think like this. I thought that I had to have an uninterrupted block of time, a good chunk of at least two hours to write or it wasn’t worth the effort to start. This kind of ‘all or nothing’ thinking is dangerous because it prevents us from starting anything at all. It prevents us from the small beginnings and the baby steps that lead to our greater goals. Do what you can when you can.