A Secret to Find Time When You’re Overwhelmed
“I have so much to do, I just can’t do
everything. I don’t even know where to start.” Sound familiar? Most
people occasionally battle the habit of PROCRASTINATION -- putting off
something you really want or need to do. And in spite of how terrific
you are at setting goals, procrastination can sabotage your personal
and professional life.
Have you ever said “I’ll clean the garage when I have a whole Saturday
free.” or “I’ll tackle that paper clutter on my desk when I have an
uninterrupted chunk of time.”? But we’ll NEVER have a whole free
Saturday or uninterrupted chunk of time, will we?
If you wait until you GET the time to do something, it will never
happen. Nobody gives us time. (“Here’s a big ol’ bucket of time for
you.”) We’ve got to MAKE time for those things you want and need to
Here are five steps to take the STING out of feeling overwhelmed, and
together they form a simple yet powerful strategy to help you make
time for what is important to you.
S – Select just one thing to do.
T – Time yourself. Set the kitchen timer for one hour and go for it
I – Ignore everything else while the timer is ticking
N – No breaks until your hour is up.
G – Give yourself a reward when the timer dings.
When your hour is up and you give yourself that reward, you might find
that what you’ve been putting off for months took you only 23 minutes
Or if it’s a giant task, often the momentum is there and you want to
continue. And you’ll have discovered one of the secrets of blasting
away the procrastination habit: you didn’t put off the whole project,
you simply put off getting started.
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Rita Emmett, author of The Procrastinator’s Handbook, is
a professional speaker who presents Keynotes and Seminars nationwide.
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