Have you ever put something in the oven, only to get distracted and end up overcooking it?
I used to do it all the time -- especially once I started my business. In the oven went dinner, then I was off to check emails or write.
An hour later there was a burning smell (and "yes", baking potatoes CAN explode in your oven!).
Then I discovered the freedom that a simple timer could bring. Set it, off to do whatever and come back when it beeps.
I employ the same principle in my business using a Polder Digital Timer (it's the visual of digital "sand" that makes this far and above other timers):
- Love (or not-so-much) writing? Give yourself X time to get the writing done, set your timer and GO!
- Coaching? Set your timer for the call time -- when it beeps, call's over. This keeps you on track with your day and helps you with boundaries.
- Spending too much time, or not enough, on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In? Set your timer. . .
- Email? Set your timer. . .
My timer allows me to easily split my day into chunks, knowing that the timer gives me the freedom to completely focus on a task while staying on track with my day. After all, it's been said that "work expands to fill the time allotted".
It's such a huge benefit to me, that it's been a standard gift I send out to clients for years.
Try it. . .you may be surprised at the effect it has on your productivity. . .and your sanity. :-)