I was struggling with the concept of squeezing some creative writing into my daily routine. No matter how specific I tried to be in articulating the next action, it still felt like I was one indefinable step away from that next action i.e. it was not the genuine next action that allowed me feel that my foot was really on the pavement.
I knew it was going to have to be a recurring action reminder, but descriptions like “write 500 words” were not working, because the idea was surrounded with tension and anxiety: should I REALLY be trying to squeeze this activity in amongst a lot of other responsibility - driven tasks?
Then the solution hit me. I wrote down "Allow yourself to write 500 words”, and it’s working.