Write Something Meaningful in 15 Mins or Less.
So, I have three blog posts to write today. (Which is the direct result of procrastination.) So, I’m going to try and write this post in 15 mins (To be honest it was 10 but I couldn’t do it) and edit in 5 mins. And get it posted in 30 mins.
I’m not sure if this will work, but I appreciate your patience with me as I try it out.
Awareness of Time
Ever since I started my own business I’ve been much more aware of time.
There are advantages to being your own boss, like getting to watch the daily show while doing your own lunch dishes. But there are disadvantages too, like ending up watching an hour of daily shows you missed, instead of actually doing work.
I’ve realized that managing time is one of the most challenging things anyone can do. Every person I talk to seems to have the same dilemma.
Time is our most valuable resource. More money can be printed, gold could be discovered on Mars, but time is universally limited.
Ironically, the other problem is we don’t respect its limitations.
We treat time as if it were monopoly money. I can spend hours watching mindless YouTube videos, playing envy bingo on Facebook, or just lying around flipping through the channels.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like …
So, what do we do about time?
From one perspective is very limited and another perspective abundant.
The Biggest Enemy of Time is Distraction
If you can learn to focus on what you are doing for a discreet amount of time you can master any task. This is the skill that ancient yogis used for mediation, and pro athletes use when they perform at their peak.
The trick to learning this is to start small. I use the Pomodoro technique (sort of) and I’ve found it helps me stay focused. In fact, I’m using it right now.
The other enemy of time is stress.
Stress is what leads to distraction and procrastination. If we hate what we are doing, we will find a way to avoid it.
So to avoid unintentional distraction, it’s essential to engage in intentional distraction.
Take regular breaks from your work and take at least one day off a week.
What does eating have to do with time?
First, if you eat better you will most likely live longer.
Second, cooking for yourself gives you time, because you get to do something productive and it’s an act of self-care.
Self Care + Productivity = TIME BONUS
By doubling up on simple tasks like this you actually get more done and feel, better about your life.
Again, exercise will help you live longer, but exercise also reduced stress so it’s a double up activity.
In addition, something amazing happens when you exercise regularly. Your body and mind function better. This higher level of efficiency pays off in the form of more functional time.
That’s it I have to put down my pencil now.