Here’s the dillema…I need to write this blog post, but I have to leave in 15 minutes. So I’l just procrastinate- send out some proofs and tracking instead and work on the blog tomorrow. But, I just read this blog post earlier today and decided to put it to the test.
The premise is to set a 15 minute block of time to work on a task. For me, I feel like this will work best on those things I want to put off, dread tackling or just have a hard time getting started on. Maybe it’s putting together ideas for a client’s project- I’m still not sure where to start, so spending 15 minutes reviewing their goals and looking through my “idea basket” (which is a fancy name for a large tote in the corner of the office full of cool swag samples that I occasionally go through to generate ideas), and adding some starting point ideas I can send them for feedback fills that 15 minutes and I have a great starting point.
Or on a personal note, the still-packed suitcase sitting in the floor from last week’s business trip- 15 minutes to sort out the laundry, business items and to put the bluetooth headphones back on to recharge seems much less overwhelming that feeling like all the laundry has to be sorted, washed and put away all at once.
Tomorrow I’ll take a 15 minute block to order spec samples for a client, another block to follow up on a few orders- thinking about doing a task in 15 minutes seems way less overwhelming, or even like a challenge. “I only have 15 minutes to get this done”. It’s like a race against the clock. A little bit of a mind game.
And look…15 minutes have passed and I have to get out the door. But the blog is done AND I have a plan for tomorrow. Do you work in 15 minute blocks? If not, would you try it? I’ll follow up in a couple weeks and let you know if this has made me more productive.
In the meantime- give us a call for all your swag needs. We’ll give you all the time you need!