I’m intrigued by all the advice about staying seated and performing one task: BIC (Butt In Chair) or kitchen-timer based methods, like the Pomodoro Technique. If I’m really honest, I’m interested in some of these timer techniques because I like the idea of searching for the coolest kitchen timer for the least amount of money. You know, some great shape that will inspire me to sit down and focus on something for 25 minutes instead of putting it off for some mythical moment in the future when I’ll “have more time”.
And while I know this about myself, I’m pretty sure I’m still going to go ahead and spend time getting a fun, focus-inspiring kitchen timer. A friend suggested using an app or my laptop instead. This is a good, easy alternative but eliminates the hunt. Also, when I sit down and focus, I like being disconnected from the internet. The more I turn off, the more I do, in general.
I do believe in the idea of challenging myself to 25 or for that matter, 5 minutes of action on any given task I need to do. It’s a game I play, and I know that chances are, if I get 5 minutes into something, I’ll keep at it. Getting started is often the hardest part. I’m not interested in charting my progress or really mastering a time management technique (all I need is ONE MORE THING TO DO, right?) or being strict about the time limits I set. All I want to do is achieve my goals. And that demands focused attention to one task at a time. TIME. Whether it’s 5 minutes, 25 minutes or half a day, I must take it and use it in a targeted attempt to move forward towards my goals.
So, I’m going to get that timer and use time, all of it, big chunks, little ones too, to get closer to that goalpost. What do you do to manage your time so you have focused moments to advance towards your goal? Any favorite games you play to trick yourself into doing more than you thought you could do?
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