Are you on the lookout for simple, fail-proof ways to get more done with the time you’ve got? This 4-minute video shares one of my favorite productivity secrets. Enjoy!
Imagine a day where you wake up energized with a clear purpose and a well laid-out plan for how to get there. Even before your first cup of coffee, excitement is pumping through your veins in anticipation of the adventure of life.
Now, keep in mind: some may not see your life as an adventure. We are students and teachers, bosses and employees, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms or dads, retirees, and everything in between—normal people creating a patchwork quilt of work and play with the time we’ve been given. Our tasks? Spreadsheets, emails, caring for children, sales reports, coordinating schedules, phone calls, writing, teaching, meetings, driving, cooking, cleaning—maybe even all the things.
But imagine that patchwork feeling more like a game. A fun challenge. An adventure.
My son Reagan has the spirit of adventure coursing through his veins. From the age of two, he’s hounded everyone within reach of his voice to join him on an adventure. And he’s taught me something important. All of it—the work and the play—make up LIFE. All of it should be an adventure.
And you know what? I’ve discovered that he’s right. It is possible to become the boss of both your time and your attitude toward that time. And I’m excited to share this with you in my upcoming time mastery class.
As a work-at-home mom of two, I know what it’s like to feel that you don’t have room to breathe, much less accomplish anything. But just because something’s a feeling doesn’t mean it’s a fact.
I remember back in my early twenties complaining to a friend about a difficult student. She made a statement I’ll never forget: “You can do anything for 30 minutes.”
That, my friend, is the truth.
Just like I discovered I could teach even a difficult student for 30 minutes, I’ve learned that I can do any task for 10-15 minutes. Forward motion—no matter how small—builds momentum.
Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion teaches us that a body at rest will remain at rest until compelled to move by an outside force.
Would you like to know the outside force that helps me get my butt in gear? The timer on my phone. When I don’t feel like writing an article? Turn the timer on for 25 minutes and promise myself a reward at the end.
The kitchen is a nightmare? Set the timer for 9 minutes and see how much I can clean up by then. (Want to know a secret? You can usually clean your entire kitchen in just 10 minutes. Crazy, right?)
Here’s the honest truth: sometimes I don’t want to go to the trouble of putting on my makeup, even though I know I’ll work more efficiently if I’m dressed like I’m going to an office. So I whip out my phone and set the timer for 7 minutes. That’s usually enough time for both face and hair. Boom. Done.
Put simply, we have got to force our butts into gear in order to overcome initial inertia.
Now, maybe you’ve tried using a timer or some other tool for managing your time in the past, only to be thrown off course. Know this—you’re not alone. We all get bumped off the path.
Here’s a little tip for making this time different: get a team. Find a friend to join you, or comment below and find someone a teammate right here.
Using a timer is a simple step to mastering your time, and one that doesn’t cost you a dime.
In the next video I’ll share another of my favorite time mastery tools for getting stuff done. But for today, comment below and tell us how you’ve used a timer in the past or how you’re going to use it today, as well as any thoughts or questions. I always love hearing from you!