I don’t know about you, but there are days when I cannot get a thing done. It’s not that I’m not moving..it’s just all motion and no action! For those instances I have found the help I need in the shape of a little, white timer and a technique I call:
..here’s how it works.
I bought myself one of those old fashioned, wind up, tick, tick, tick kitchen timers.
I set it for half an hour when I’m doing projects or cleaning, reading the paper, surfing the net etc. The point of the timer is simply to make me more aware of time. For example, often I’ll feel like I “never have a moment” to just relax and read the paper…nine times out of ten, that’s really not true. Sitting down to read with the timer set for 30 minutes makes me realize that I did indeed have an entire half hour to myself..and it just seems to register in my mind with more clarity.
When I’m working on this blog I can really lose track of time..setting my timer for 30 minutes adds just the right touch of urgency and the tick, tick, tick keeps me much more focused on what I’m doing.
The biggest bonus to using my timer is that it motivates me to work at peak efficiency. If I give myself half an hour to tidy up the house, and set my timer, I will zoom around as if Queen Elizabeth herself is in a horse-drawn carriage trotting down my street coming for a visit…I’m here to tell you, I’m moving fast to get it all done before that buzzer rings!!
Anyway..I love my 30 minute timer. It makes me more aware of the chunks of time I have, gives me a sense of urgency and motivation AND helps me stay focused.
Give it a try, maybe it will work for you too!