How Much Time Have You Got?

I often hear people say they haven't had time to do a particular task.

ClockImage by Earls37a via FlickrApart from being too busy or having too much to do, usually it's because they can't find the full hour or two hours in their schedule they need.

They feel they won't do it justice if they don't do it in one go.  They think there's no point in getting started if they're going to be interrupted or they're just filling time until the next appointment.

  • If you don't have an hour - do you have 30 minutes?
  • If you don't have 30 minutes - do you have 15?
  • If you don't have 15 minutes - do you have 5?

There are lots of things that we put off because we "don't have time".  Yet, if you spent just 15 minutes or even 5 minutes on a task, you might be surprised at how much you can get done.

Set a timer and get to it:

  • How much filing can you sort through in 5 minutes?
  • How many emails can you clear in 15 minutes?
  • Can you make a start on that report you've been meaning to write?
  • Would 5 minutes be enough time to make that phone call you've been putting off?

Quite often, just making a start breaks the reluctance to work on a particular task.  Once you get the momentum going you might even continue.

You might find you achieve more than you expected or the thing you've been putting off doesn't take quite as long as you thought.

How much can you achieve in 5, 15 minutes?

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