The way you think about an hour of work can change the way you work. You can have a more productive hour of work by working for twenty minutes than you would have had if you had worked the entire hour.
Two months ago I was having problems focusing. I would start projects, but never finish them. I was sitting in front of my computer with the best intentions to get things done, but after two hours of sitting there I would realize I hadn’t made the progress I was intending to. How was I going to get myself out of this and into a productive mindset?
I started the 20 minute hour. 20 minutes in each area of life, and even if I wasn’t finished with a project, after those 20 minutes I would wrap it up and keep moving. 20 minutes for cleaning the house, 20 minutes to self care: either taking a shower or doing your nails etc, and ending the hour with 20 minutes of working online. Why had I not thought of this sooner!
In that hour I got more done than I had in the last two days. I knew my mind was going to have to work because in 20 minutes it was time to move weather I liked it or not.
Personally, I’ve found that if I do the computer time 20 minutes last then I can the freedom of zoning into a project, but I know that I can’t go to youtube and zone because I only have 20 minutes. I call it tricking your mind into being productive. It’s also amazing how much of your home can be cleaned in 20 minutes if that’s all you’re doing!
Here are some ideas to get you started
IDEAS FOR YOUR 20 MINUTE HOUR
PUT A LOAD OF DISHES IN THE DISHWASHER
SWEEP THE PORTCH
VACUME THE HOUSE
CUT THE GRASS
SWAP OUT THE LINENS ON YOUR BED
ORGANIZE YOUR CLSET
TEAMWORK AND PUT AWAY ALL THE KIDS TOYS
PUT A LOAD IN THE WASHING MACHINE
CHECK YOUR EMAILS, AND RESPOND!
DEEP CLEAN THE BATHROOM
START OF THAT PAPER YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF
HANG UP A WALL COLLAGE
TRY ON CLOTHES TO SEE IF THEY STILL FIT AND IF YOU LIKE THEM
PAY ALL OF YOUR BILLS FOR THIS MONTH
TAKE A BATH
READ TO CLEAR YOUR MIND
CURL YOUR HAIR
LEARN SOMETHING ONLINE ABOUT YOUR PASSION
MOVE THE FURNITURE AROUND
WASH YOUR CAR
FIND 10 ITEMS AND PLACE THEM IN YOUR CAR FOR DONATION
BAKE MUFFINS OR A LOAF OF BREAD
Another wonderful benefit of this hour is that you don’t have time check your phone. You’re having an entire hour where you are being so proactive that you don’t have time to scroll. What a wonderful blessing! I’ve learned how attached I am to that little thing, and I don't like it! I don’t like that I feel the need to check it every time there is a notification.
With being a “crumple person” basically I love crumpling the paper that has my “to-dos” on it and trowing it away, I’ve found the 20 minute hour to be one that I feel very satisfied after accomplishing. I know I’ve made progress on my work because I’ve had to solely focus on it with no distractions. I can crumple those sticky notes and throw them away because I’ve completed projects that have been on my mind for weeks, or I’ve at least started on them!
What will you do with your 20 minute hour?
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