Put your phone inside a sock
I was feeling out of touch with myself recently, so I gave myself some instructions. I thought you might need them too:
I want you to close your laptop and put it in a dark corner. Then, turn off your phone, put it in a sock, and leave it in your sock drawer.
There are a lot of things calling your attention right now. There’s washing that needs to be hung out, and you really need to call that guy back, and you haven’t exercised all week, and is that playdough mashed into the carpet, or worse?
Also, oh God. There is that really big looming terrifying project which you haven’t even started yet. Plus the world is literally ending, or beginning, or something. And you should really call the dentist.
I get it. You have so many more urgent and important things to do than this.
NONETHELESS. I want you to stride through your house bravely and with conviction, and I want you to find a blank sheet of paper. Maybe even a journal.
Stay focused! Find a pen.
Then sit down.
OK. Write, at the top of your page, ‘Outside of me...’. Keep writing until your page is full. Any time you get stuck, return to the starter. You know the rules:
1. Keep your hand moving.
2. Lose control.
3. Be specific.
4. Don’t think.
5. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar.
6. You are free to write junk.
7. Go for the jugular.
Once the page is full, turn it over, and start with this: ‘Inside of me...’. Keep writing until the page is full.
That's it! Well done. I love you.
Come back here and tell me what happened.
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