By Maria C. Ramos Ed.D.

Many of us have a list of projects or tasks that we just don’t find time to work on. There are so many reasons for not getting started; all the activity and tasks that are right here and now, not knowing where to begin, concerns the work will be never-ending or just plain, boring procrastination. The other giant hurdle to getting started is the “I just don’t have the time” dilemma. The thing is we all know that in addition to making time for what is important to us, we spend time sometime doing mindless things. Things like surfing the net, playing games on your tablet or cell phone, constantly attending to social media and many other habitual activities. We suffer from time drift, it’s gone, poof 30 minutes, maybe 45 or even longer. So what can we do?

Seize the time! Take back your time! Give yourself 30 minutes! Just 30 minutes! Get going on one of the projects or tasks on the “I never get to it” list that’s lurking in your mind, the reminder list on your cell phone, or the to do list on your desk. We can all find 30 minutes. Most of us carry around a device that has a timer on it such as your cell phone. Set the timer for 30 minutes and get going! It’s amazing what you can get done in 30 minutes; you can go through the stacks of papers on your desk, straighten out your closet, organize the travel photos, schedule exercise, review and edit your resume, call some contractors to get estimates, make holiday plans…The timer goes off! You have a sense of accomplishment, you feel lighter, even happy. Maybe, the task is not completed, you might even reset the timer for another 30 minutes or repeat the process for the next few days. You can get it done in 30 minute increments, it’s less daunting the tackling it all at once.

So here it is in 4 neat steps.

Seize the time!
1. Choose one project or task you have not gotten to for whatever reason.
2. Set a timer to 30 minutes.
3. NOW GO! 30 minutes on that one project or task.
4. Repeat: maybe right away or for the next 3 days.

“How we spend our days, is how we spend our lives.” Anne Dillard