This is my office desk. Those white blobs are stacks of papers I need to deal with. That hat will be part of my son’s Halloween costume – once I take apart a pillow and hot glue the fluffy pillow bits to the hat to make it crazy hair. (why do I have these ideas?) I have been avoiding my desk piles. They feel overwhelming. My desk feels like hours and hours of work and I shudder thinking about it.
I have a friend – let’s call her Colleen (mostly because that is her name) who gave me this fantastic idea. She listened to me whine about my taxes and all the paper I had shoved in an envelope for a year – the ones I had to organize to do my taxes. “Do it for 20 minutes,” she said. “Set a timer and work on it for 20 minutes and then walk away.” Now this might not sound like much but let me tell you, I have used this 20-minute-timer-trick repeatedly since and IT WORKS.
You can do pretty much anything for 20 minutes. Clean the garage for 20 minutes. Fold laundry for 20 minutes. Work on your marketing plan for 20 minutes. Cold call for 20 minutes. It’s so simple, it’s brilliant. You just bear down, hunker down, brace yourself, and get ‘er done – for 20 minutes.
And you’d be surprised how much you can get done in 20 minutes. No joke. And then you feel a sense of accomplishment and before you know it, you’re doing another 20 minutes and another 20 minutes. My much-avoided taxes took me about 3 hours in 20-minute increments. It was bliss.
If I can do 20, you can do 20. What are you avoiding? Give it 20 and let me know how it goes. I’ll be posting updates on my office – in 20-minute increments.
Hey Colleen, thanks! 😉