“Sometimes one doesn’t have time to write. In fact most of the time we don’t have time to write. Most of the time we do not have time to be with ourselves. And when that happens, it is time for the five-minute journal entry.”
Burghild Nina Holzer, Author of A Walk Between Heaven and Earth: A Personal Journal on Writing and the Creative Process
How many times have you thought that you don’t have time to write? Do you find it hard to get your “God” time in each day too, reading the bible, praying, or just taking in God’s creation? What if you could tackle both in just 5 minutes?
Most days I’m super busy. I’m one of those serial entrepreneurs, you know, with my head spinning, coming up with new ideas, creating groups, products, and all kinds of fun stuff. I also see clients, study for workshops, and generally plow through my daily “to do” list. Do I have time to journal? Not really!
Here’s where a 5-Minute Dash comes in handy. Promise yourself to spend at least 5 minutes each day writing in your journal. Even if you have to DASH through, your time will be well spent, and your efforts will be rewarded. On my 5-Minute Dash days, I always feel better because I took the time to write. To relieve your stress about time, simply set a timer and get writing. You’ll be surprised how fast time goes by!
Here are 5 prompts to jump start your Dash.
- Write a list of 5 people you are thankful to have in your life.
- Write 5 words to describe your day.
- Write a list of 5 ways God has changed your life.
- Write the names of 5 people you want to remember in prayer.
- Write 5 praises you really want God to know you appreciate.
The 5-minute limit could just be the beginning. You could easily find yourself writing for 10, 15, 20 minutes or more.
Write On Friends!!
Kathy Bornarth, MA, LPC
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