Only If Necessary

Just Give Me Five Minutes

I tend to be resistant to change.

When I eat, I can’t stop eating. When I’m awake, I can’t fall asleep. When I wake up, I can’t get out of bed. And when I’m doing nothing, I don’t want to do anything.

None of that sounds productive, but it’s not all bad. That resistance to change keeps me doing stuff when I’m in the middle of the doing. The best way to keep me at work is to ask me to leave early for happy hour when I’m still in the middle of something. Just give me five minutes, I’ll say. But, five minutes turns to ten, and ten turns to fifteen. I’m ready, I’ll say. But, at that point, someone else now needs “just five minutes”, and the cycle continues.

So now, my to-do lists are filled with things like “study X for five minutes” and “read for five minutes”. Because, it’s never just five minutes.

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