(as far as I know, I made that up, trademark- Angie Merced) 🙂 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.