Our world is a bit topsy-turvy. Many of our usual habits and routines have gone by the wayside. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thrown a little off kilter in the past few months and it has taken a toll on my writing life.

I’ve been experimenting with a different, even fun, way of retraining my brain – by employing the Bean Jar Method. You don’t actually need any beans, or even a jar to start the process. I use a decorative bowl and a set of wooden, hand-painted buttons that I happen to have in my sewing supplies.

Here’s how it works: set a daily goal, accomplish the task, throw a “bean” in the “jar.” Let’s say you want to write for one hour every day – just to get back on track. Get that first day behind you, then you’re on your way to filling the jar.

My bowl occupies a prominent spot on a table I frequently see. It helps to remind me of what I’ve done….and what I may need to do on any given day. After a few buttons, I started to take pride in being able to add to the pile!

If you’re having trouble getting back on course, try a bean jar!