I like to visit writing websites for tips and ideas on improving my craft. Recently, I came across an article giving a helpful tip for those of us who have a busy schedule and can’t find the time to write. The tip is to not only turn off phones, not check e-mails, visit social media sites or even surf the net, but to buy an analog kitchen timer. And my first thought was “yeah right, I have a kitchen timer app on my phone; I can just use that.” – then dismissed the tip.
But then I remembered that the article said to turn off phones because phones are a distraction – calls coming in, checking voicemail, calling your teenage daughter to see where she is and what she’s doing, who she’s hanging out with today. See? All of that distracts you from writing. And the point of the article was that we all have the same twenty-four hours to work with. There isn’t any extra time. So we have to carve time out for ourselves and not allow anyone or anything to distract us from it. Basically, we are to set the timer for twenty minutes and write unimpeded. Once the timer rings, we’re to stop writing. Maybe some of you can set your timer for longer but I thought this was a great idea because twenty minutes doesn’t seem like a lot to ask for.
Last Friday, I set out to get the kitchen timer. I knew just where to get it, Bed Bath and Beyond – a place that I can’t go to without adult supervision and a 20% off coupon. I went anyway by myself sans the coupon and yes, I put quite a few things in the shopping cart. Why was I pushing a shopping cart when all I went there for was a kitchen timer? I don’t know. I have a problem. The good news is that at the end I put everything back and only bought the kitchen timer.
Okay back to that. Every kitchen timer I saw had a face: owls, pigs and even a very cute ladybug. I didn’t want a kitchen timer with a face because my crazy imagination runs rampant sometimes. Okay it happens all the time and I didn’t want to imagine the ladybug telling me in a nagging voice: “That’s all you wrote?” So I kept rummaging the shelves until I found the One! It’s a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket timer and I thought perfect! This timer is a symbolic representation of celebration and it was the last one and at $3.99, I said “Sold!”
I haven’t used it yet but I’m anticipating that I will carve out twenty minutes this week. I’m very excited! Of course, I’ll be even more excited if someone sends me a 20% off coupon so I can go back to Bed Bath and Beyond. Just kidding! I told you I have a problem. Maybe I’ll write about it or maybe I’ll browbeat my friends into handing me their coupons.
Anyway, when not in use it’s stored on my wall cubbyhole so that it’s in front of me gently reminding me to use it and also as a sort of Law Of Attraction subconscious nudge.
P.S.: This post isn’t really about writing. It’s about my insane obsession with getting 20% off coupons for Bed Bath and Beyond. You know what? Why don’t you scan your coupon and email it to me? Will they accept that? I wonder…