By definition, doing something requires first getting started—no start, no do. Which sounds simple enough—just take the first step and then keep on walking; just type the first word and then keep on writing.
But for me that’s often easier said than done. Even as I approach 40 years of writing, I still find it hard some days to get out of the gate.
Enter ritual—defined as a fixed sequence of behaviors that are infused with meaning—to get focused, and get going. My writing ritual is as follows:
- Clear and organize my work space. (Call me a neatnik, but I can’t help it, clutter nags at me.)
- Fire up the treadmill desk, ready to roll. (I work much better when not seated, and in motion.)
- Cue up the playlist. (Currently it’s mostly instrumental baroque, on the mellow side.)
- Meditate for 5 minutes on my intention (meeting my writing goal for the day), and visualize success. (You got this, Tom!)
Then, and only then, do I begin. Works (most of the time) for me. How about you? Got a ritual that gets the wheels turning?