Keeping it short, y'all!
After a great, hidden gem of a song, this one's about the best little gadget in my apartment. It's small, simple and helps me get sh*t done. And I have more than one!
I tumbled down the internet rabbit hole and found this understated beauty -- early Bonnie Raitt singing the great "Stevie" Winwood song "Can't Find My Way Home." There's a big preamble to the start that includes tuning and such, so if you don't have the patience, skip to 2:40. Simply spell-binding!
The humble, old school, analogue kitchen timer.
I use it to get myself to do the things I don't always want to do.
I have six kitchen timers in my apartment. (Nerd alert!)
One sits at the piano, one on the counter next to the computer I am typing this on, one near my meditation cushion, one at the table where I do my writing, and two on the music stand in the room where I practice my guitar and drums.
Why so many? The key to self-discipline is to eliminate ALL of the obstacles that keep you from taking the first, smallest action. I want to create a frictionless routine for any skill that I am trying to master.
For example, every time I want to practice guitar, it would be a form of self-sabotage to have to go into the bedroom and get the timer that sits near my meditation cushion. That 20-foot walk creates a needless, extra step that puts me in danger of getting distracted by any number of things (say, the pile of laundry that should be folded, or the books on the nightstand that could be straightened up).
No! Stop the madness! Arrange the environment so it enforces your best self, not your worst.
I know myself too well. If there is any single part of me that is resisting doing the work I know I need to do, I will "let" myself get distracted.
Kitchen timers are cheap; I've collected enough so that when it is time to practice (or write, or meditate, or hold a plank), I set the timer that's right there in front of me and get to work.
I could go on and on about how much faith I have in this lowly, plastic product... but I'll spare you. You get the point.
My favorite timers ever are these two cubes. With pre-determined times on each side of the cube, all you have to do is flip it over and countdown begins. They're kind of like a toy and that's a good thing. The more play I can bring to my work the better!
The Parting Shot
"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity!" — Charles Mingus
How do you short-circuit your tendency to procrastinate and avoid the work you keep saying you want to do?
I'd love to know!
I read everything you send my way...
PS- Want good, interesting music to chill / cook / drive / write to? Check out my weekly "So We Soar" playlist on Spotify. I update it every Thursday!
PPS- Save the date! Join me, September 5th at Rockwood Music Hall, where I'll be performing for you LIVE! Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7. You can snag your tickets here!