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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My Secret Weapon:The Kitchen Timer

I don’t know about you, but there are times when I can’t complete (or sometimes start) the simplest or even an important task. My secret weapon: a kitchen timer.

When I'm feeling paralysis around completing an important task, I use a kitchen timer to help me move forward. I use it for all sorts of tasks.    Whether it's a dresser drawer a closet that needs to be cleaned or a desk that needs to be organized, the timer can truly be your friend.  It works for anything!  

Whatever the task, I start by setting the timer for ten minutes and I focus on the task until the timer sounds.   You'll be pleasantly surprised at what you can accomplish in that time.  The entire task is really the sum total of small pieces. The overwhelm comes from looking at the daunting whole. The clue is to do the task in small chunks. Then you can nip procrastination in its evil bud!!

 By using a timer as a tool, you're getting the task done with the added benefit of emptying your head from constantly "thinking about getting the task done".  Over thinking a task creates stress, and IT’S an energetic drain!   You can stay with job for the ten minutes or you can decide to increase the time and finish another round.  You're in control. Be conservative about your time increase in the beginning.  Whatever you do start with ten minutes and work until you hear the "ding".  

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