Taking control of our lives 10 minutes at a time
Written by
Jan Nerenberg
September 2011
Written by
Jan Nerenberg
September 2011

I've just discovered a great site involving Kaizen (continuous improvement)  It's found at:  http://smallstepstobigchange.com/

After reading it I posted this:

Lynn: After reading and posting on your site, I did some serious soul searching, changed some things and just added the following as a post on my writer’s group.

So… I’m not writing. I keep asking myself, “What’s wrong?” I’m getting bunches of “stuff” done every day – living between home office and an RV, meeting with contractors to finally begin work on home restoration, a small surgery, running a business, mail, bills, balancing check books, husband surgeries, being POA on a failing aunt and uncle, yada yada yada… living life but not writing. Then I visited a website Hunter mentioned: The Kaisen Plan (an Oriental word for “continuous improvement.


Over the past week, I’ve asked myself some serious questions. Why is everything more important than my writing? Why don’t “I” make it on my list of “To Do Today”?”

I began adding in 10 minute increments of writing and felt … amazing. Then I pondered my life-style and how I really enjoy working. I enjoy working hard. I remembered that when I did my undergrad work, I did a triple. Yes, you heard right – a triple: art, creative writing and literature. Okay so with eight children, it’s a lifestyle now. Not so much a choice.

I needed something more. I rearranged my gmail folder and put “A Writer” filefolder at the head of the list. It’s a constant reminder that I am a writer and a reminder that writers write every day. Next I set up two additional Scrivener projects and keep them on my desktop. My YA fiction – “The Questing Pearl;” my non-fiction novel- “The Deplorable Child;” and my craft book – “Right, Write, and Wordwright.”

Guess what? I’m writing every day. I’m feeling better, more in balance, more creative. I was trying to pare down life when all I needed to do was re-balance the scales.

Thanks, Lynn. You remind me of an old adage: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.


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