What if two hours of writing a week is all you need?
Letting go of limiting mindsets about your writing progress
Today I’m sharing part of Cathy Mazak’s podcast episode, “Why 2 Hours a Week is Enough Writing Time.” As she notes in the episode, we often imagine that we need large chunks of time to make progress on our writing, and when those blocks don’t materialize in our weeks, we assume we cannot make progress. Cathy refutes this limiting belief, arguing that two hours per week would result in significant progress—especially if the alternative is no progress at all. As she says,
We tell ourselves we need spaciousness to write to accommodate all the things we need to do to warm up. Like I need to empty my email inbox and then I can write. Or I need hours and hours to get into the flow. All that space ends up equaling no writing because the way you are thinking about writing is theoretically possible, but not actually happening.
You can listen to the episode or read excerpts here.
I completely agree that so many of us get caught up in an idealized version of writing that we have created in our minds as the only way to actually get writing done. We can make a lot more progress if we can reframe our thinking to believe that every little bit counts.