Just Five Minutes

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I woke up at 5:00 a.m. in a panic. It was exhilirating yesterday, creating the blog, writing my first post, and even getting a few comments. But today I was already worrying about what I had gotten myself into. But here’s what I’ve decided so far. I make things much too complicated. On day two of my project, I was already thinking I should be starting a self-compassion group or traveling half-way around the country to attend a workshop of self-compassion.

My perfectionism makes it difficult for me to be self-compassionate. So, for this week, I tried to make small goals:

  • I decided I would meditate for just five minutes a day.
  • At work, I would take walk breaks for just five minutes, rather than always waiting until I had time for longer workouts.
  • I thought about saying I should do something fun for five minutes each day, but I really couldn’t think of anything. Hmmm…I’ll have to get back to this one.

My husband and son challenged me to write an imperfect blog post and see if I could do it in just five minutes. Wow, the timer hasn’t even gone off yet. I might even have time to edit!

5 thoughts on “Just Five Minutes

  1. I think that me being to much of a perfectionist has had to much of a negative impact on my life through the fact that it has prevented me from doing what I want to do because I know that I could never be the best or I could not master a certain art.

    I think this transended onto my social habits because I wanted to be the funniest or the most interesting and when, in my eyes, I didn’t measure up to that, I feel inadequate.

    This is a habit I need to break… also this comment took more than 5 minutes to write… it actually took ages to perfect. Oh the irony!

    • I appreciate the irony! I usually don’t write quickly, but it was liberating to set a timer and just do it. I often take SOOO long to compose a comment on a blog or a tweet on twitter. Sometimes I think I could write a book easier than I can write a 140 character tweet :) Thanks so much for stopping by, reading, and in the future, feel free to leave imperfect comments!

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