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Power in the stopwatch

I’m currently trying to hack my productivity and I have found power in the stopwatch.

The thing about the change in my schedule – caused by lockdown 3.0 – is that although there is far less pressure to deliver, the lack of structure means that one task can (and often does) take ALL DAY.

As a result, I have taken to giving myself 1 hour slots to get jobs / chores done and it seems to be working.

To be fair, I knew it would.

‘By limiting the time I have for tasks I now think quicker, make decisions with less hesitation and action things without the endless ‘shall I, shan’t I’

I am a master procastinator. I make the excuse that I am a perfectionist and ‘I am just trying to get things right’. But by trying to complete tasks perfectly or even make the perfect choice of which tasks to prioritise, I’m just avoiding the doing – i’m wasting time. Seaking perfection does not make the quality of my work any better, it just makes me slower…so much slower.

So I have 1 hour – and I mean 1 hour – to get stuff done. By limiting the time I have for tasks I now think quicker, make decisions with less hesitation and action things without the endless ‘shall I, shan’t I’ ‘maybe this would better’ ‘But what if…?’ etc.

What’s more, with working from home a thing, the kids now know when to pounce on me – when the alarm goes off it’s game on.

Once I figure out how to curb my Netflix addiction I’m taking over the world – I just need to rewatch Bridgerton, oh and the Queen’s Gambit…No rush.
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