How to do something you want to get done, but don’t want to do

Interval Tasking…A Life Coachie Tip

(as far as I know, I made that up, trademark- Angie Merced) ūüôā lol

Steps for getting it done

1) Use a timer. Set it for 15-20 minutes or whatever time you feel is appropriate for the task you are avoiding.

2) Decide to work intensively on your target task and go balls-to-the-wall until the time is up. 

3) Then set the timer again for 5-10 minutes (or so) to get free time or do something less intensive. 

4) Set the timer again. Switch back to the original task and repeat the cycle until your task is complete.

I¬†started this in¬†college especially for intensive studying and writing papers.¬† I really knew I needed to get some serious work done and not doing it was not an option.¬† However, (whiney voice) I still didn’t wanna.¬† This helped me get shit done.¬† I didn’t know why it worked, it just did.

The real reason it works (it’s not the timer)

When I had studying or homework¬†to do I would think thoughts like this…This is going to be hard.¬† Look at all these pages.¬† I¬†HAVE to do this.¬† I¬†HAVE to get a good grade.¬† There’s so much to do.¬† But, when I think thoughts like these, It causes me¬†to feel completely overwhelmed.¬† When I felt overwhelmed, I would do things like this;¬†eat, talk to other people about how hard it was, have another snack, watch tv… a whole bunch of crap avoiding the very thing I was trying to get done.¬†

My results:  More overwhelm, more pressure; nothing got done.

When I started interval tasking and using the timer…I began to think differently about my task… I can do¬†anything for 20 minutes, then I get a break. This isn’t so bad. ¬†This is hard work but it feels good, I actually like this stuff.¬† Hey, I’m really getting into this.¬† I’m in the groove, I might not even want my break.¬† I’m going to rock this project.¬† These thoughts cause me to feel¬†okay, then encouraged, then¬†interested, even enthusiastic.¬† When I feel that way I’m¬†inspired to¬†show up¬†and¬†be my best.¬† I also remember that I really don’t¬†have to¬†do shit about¬†reaching my goals… I¬†am choosing everything.¬†

My Results: Shit gets done and It feels amazing…¬†YES!¬†¬†¬†

Here’s the thing… Sometimes I wouldn’t even switch tasks or take the interval break, or even continue setting the timer.¬† The timer¬†didn’t help me. ¬†It was my own¬†thinking about the task.¬† Cool!

Everything begins with a thought.  Everything.

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3 Responses to How to do something you want to get done, but don’t want to do

  1. I looove this idea. I am just starting my photography company in rochester ny. I love doing my “actual” job, but have a hard time making myself to do the business end of it. I sometimes “avoid” it for days. Until I make myself sit down an work on it 30 mins atleast. Now I’m trying to work it in everyday at the same time for 30 mins. and then losing track of time I sitting there for an hour! Great advice.

  2. Peggy says:

    Yes, giving yourself a reward for overcoming procrastination is great….the best greatness is that when you accomplish it makes you want to do more! I’ve watched and learned from you and now I say “Just one more thing…just one more thing…just one more thing.” Not all the way there but getting to it!

  3. Angie Merced says:

    Love it!… learning to love all of it! awesome!…Loving is a choice

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