I’ve talked about this technique before, but it’s worth repeating. If there is something you don’t really want to do (tax return, cleaning the bathroom, writing your book), set a timer and tell yourself you’re just going to work on it for fifteen minutes.
This instantly removes some of pressure. I mean, you can do anything for fifteen tiny minutes!
You might think ‘there’s no point, what can I accomplish in such a short space of time?’, but you would be surprised.
Think about how much cleaning you get done just before some visitors arrive? Or how many emails you can power through when you know you’ve got to leave work in ten minutes to catch your train?
Plus, you might find that when the timer goes off, you’ve become so engrossed in the task that you just continue…
If you fancy trying the technique and you don’t have a stopwatch or a kitchen timer handy, there are loads online. I’m using this one right now to write this blog post.
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