I needed something to do while waiting for my coffee to finish brewing. A fresh pot makes a good dividing line between tasks.
I chose to weed my reading list of saved articles. There was plenty I saved months and years ago that I never came back to.
I saw a block of articles I saved for a story or script idea I never took past the idea stage. They seemed oddly relevant to a completely different story I’m working on right now—one I was just about to start working on as soon as my coffee was ready.
I’m glad I took the moment to tidy up my digital life instead of searching and scrolling. I’m also glad I have a system, even an imperfect one, for keeping track of things that spark ideas.
Those moments between to-dos have the potential to be a rest stop, a detour, or an on-ramp.
It feels like a lot of the writing and writing-based work I do lately is all about collecting shiny things, trusting I can forget them for a while, and then pulling them back out when needed.