I was once in a writing group with a woman who, on busy days, would make her writing goal to just "touch" her project.
This strikes me as such a nice way to think about getting a little in--the idea that some days it's okay to say, I'll do a little something, but nothing much.
Maybe you do a couple tries at a forearm balance, but no extended practice.
Maybe it's sitting down with a few pages and seeing how a couple of line edits come along.
This was my morning today. I thought about working on a new fall course, but instead I decided to just do a little writing while I had coffee. Whatever revisions could get done before I finished my second cup would be what happened today--no big deal, no bother.
What's nice about just "touching" your daily practice some days, approaching the work with this most minimal of goals, is that the moment you sit down, you've already succeeded. Whatever else happens is just icing on the cake.
Sometimes little is good.
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