Today’s tip for Amazingness:
A Mind Control Device mwah haa haa!
What if I told you that I was really into mind games? I love a little manipulation and control? What if I told you I posses a tool that forces me to get things done? One that makes children take naps, sit still, or has the power to make me relax and the power to make me into a work beast? Would that be contrary to everything else I’ve written in this blog? Would you be turned off or interested? Do you want to know what it is? Mwaaahh haaaaaaa!!! Insert lighting bolt here! It is………………….
THE KITCHEN TIMER
Buh bum buuuuuummm!!!!!!!
Ok, a little dramatic? Maybe, but it is the most powerful tool I posses and it is a mind game I allow myself to play and even though I’m playing a mindgame with myself and know that I am, IT STILL WORKS! I think everyone should use one. I don’t mean the timer on your phone, but a real kitchen timer, though an electronic one works if you don’t have one, but you can get one at the Dollar Store. There is something about the old school device sitting there that helps motivate or control a situation.
OK, ok, we get it, buy a timer, but why? Here are a few great ways to use this awesome tool:
- A powerful tool for productivity I have a few clients I meet with in a Life Coach type of situation because they are overwhelmed and can’t seem to get their work done. The first thing I do is introduce the timer. We use if for things like:
- Too many emails – set the timer for 10 minutes and make a rule that you will not respond to or do anything with any email you want to keep, but you will delete all irrelevant, outdated, and junk mail. When the timer dings stop and go onto something else.
- Responding to emails – Similar to above, when there are too many emails many employees have trouble even responding to one, so I recommend setting the timer for a longer time, like an hour, and responding to as many emails as they can (doing it well, not hastily) and when the timer dings move to another project. I tell them they can set another time for this, but by moving to another project multiple items get accomplished and this diminishes stress and gives a feeling of accomplishments.
- Work on a project – sometimes projects are just overwhelming for people and they can’t get started. I recommend setting the timer for 30 minutes and if they don’t know where to start I suggest start by making a plan and brainstorming. I ask them what they want to accomplish and we go from there.
- Any task you don’t want to do This is where I use my timer the most. There are some tasks, say…cleaning out the fridge, that I hate to do. I set the timer for a reasonable time, usually 30 minutes and usually I am done before the timer goes off. If you do finish before the timer goes off feel free to say “INNNN yoOOUUURrrrr FFFaacee, Take that Timer!!!!” and throw down a towel or something for effect. It’s ok, I won’t tell and it feels pretty good!
- Children When my kids were little I carried a small egg shaped timer in my purse and I would use it for things like:
- Child is close to melt down, but I have a little shopping left to do so I make an agreement with the child and say “I have a little shopping left to do, but I know you are really ready to leave. I’m going to set the timer for 15 (you choose, but make it short) minutes and when the timer dings we will go home.
- Nap time can be tricky. As my children got older I still made them take “quiet time” and I would tell them “You have 10 minutes until quiet time, I will set the timer and when it dings it is time”. This really cut down on arguments.
- Time out
- Cleaning their rooms. This was awesome. When my kids were small I would sometime pull out the timer when it was time to clean rooms and without fail they would race to see if they could beat the clock and each other’s time! This worked for yeeeaaarrrs. I finally stopped using the timer, but sometimes they still do and they are grown! Truthfully I do too!
- Take a break It is ok, really!!! Sometime we are more productive if we just take a little break. You can even take a nap! In Japan workers will often take a short “power nap” for 15-20 minutes. They find that this energizes them and makes the rest of the day more productive. More than 20 minutes makes you groggy though, so keep it short.
- Any tasks I do want to do Honestly I find that if I write out the tasks I want to accomplish and then for ones I feel I will get lost in I set the timer, I will get more done and feel better about what I have done. I use it to clean a room, pay bills, answer emails etc. I don’t use it all day long, but if I feel I need motivation or something to help me stay on task, then I get it out!
- Make tea and boil and egg these are important too!
I think that you will find this simple exercise helps you stay committed, focused, on task, works on your attitude, and in general is just very helpful.
Gotta go, my time is up!
So, how’s it going towards my personal goals to amazing?
For my Shaklee business Yesterday didn’t go as well as I would have liked, but I learned a great deal and that is valuable too! Today is Sunday and I’m going to chill!
For the weekends I’m not planning activities, per se, in regards to exercise or business, but just remembering to have fun, share what I love, and move and play and I will of course Strip and Shake!
100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things.
I believe you can; you believe you can too!