The Simple Productivity Tip That Will Change Your Life

We live in a fast-paced world and our to-do list seems to be growing faster than we can check items off the list.  Not to mention there’s no time.  Or is there?  Setting a timer and getting to work is the #1 simple productivity tip that changed my life.  It can change yours too, I promise.

Maybe you need to get caught up on laundry, you need to sort paper clutter, clear your inbox or clean the kitchen.  Whatever the case may be, you just push the task to the side for when you have more time.  Meanwhile, that task stays open in your brain along with the long list of other to-do items.  It’s time to check those tasks off the list for good with this simple productivity tip.

 

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Set a Timer.

The other day as I was unloading the dishwasher, suddenly my plastic containers no longer fit into the cabinet.  I spent a few minutes fighting with the items to get them all in so the door would shut before I realized I just needed to take care of it.  My kids were eating breakfast so it was the perfect opportunity.  I set a 5-minute timer and got to work.  

By the time the timer beeped, I had gotten rid of 50% of my plastic containers and my cabinet door easily closed.  I was so excited and energized.  I couldn’t believe it took so little time.  I suddenly was thinking of the other little nagging tasks I “didn’t have time for” and wondered if I could get those done by setting a timer.

Do you have a block of time?  It could be 5 minutes or 20 minutes.   Set a timer for a small amount of time (20 minutes or less) and get to work. 

The Key is You Are Focused.

Take a look at your to-do list, set that timer and get to work.  Don’t stop and look at the phone or get distracted by other tasks, just focus on the task at hand for the amount of time you set the timer for.  Most of us have some sort of competitive nature coursing through our veins.  Even on a very simple level, racing a timer gives us a little more motivation to get a job done and stay focused.

A Small Success Propels You Forward.

People that set a timer to get things done feel a sense of accomplishment at the conclusion of the task.  Thy are then more motivated to pursue another task.  One small success propels you to take on more tasks and little by little progress adds up!

 

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Use Throw Away Minutes.

The #1 excuse people have for letting things go is they don’t have time.  However, we all have those throwaway minutes in our day.  Those minutes between activities or tasks.  We usually pick our phone up and fall down the rabbit trail of social media.  Instead, set a timer and use those 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there to be productive. 

The Timer Works For Kids Too.

This simple productivity tip doesn’t just work for you, it’s perfect for kids too.  At night before the kid’s bedtime, we set a 5-minute timer and do a quick tidy of the house as a family.  The kids love to race the clock and many hands make light work.  We get a lot done in just 5 minutes.  Sometimes, to celebrate we will have a little dance party before bed since the family room floor is clear.

Things Don’t Take As Long As Long As Think They Do.

A friend told me the other day she dreaded doing the laundry because it took so much time.  Then, she timed herself.  She found it actually took less than a 15-minute timer to fold and put a load of laundry away.  We think things take so much longer so we put it off and then all that deferred work does take way more time.  

Are you ready to try this simple productivity tip and set a timer?  I promise you once you try it, you will see how it truly does change your mindset and your life.

 

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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