The Power of Now!

10/09/2016

 
Do It Now!

I once heard a story of a wealthy man who would repeat the words, "Do It Now!" to himself each morning as he prepared and traveled to work.

He believed by repeating these words to himself, inside his own head, he was reprogramming his thinking so that he would take immediate action on any task that came up.

This was very successful for him, got him to take action and was his daily exercise.

I have tried this and I have some degree of success with it, and I also found 2 other ways of getting stuff done.

5 Minutes or Less

When you have a task to do and you are deciding whether to do it now or later, simply ask yourself, "Can this task be done in less than 5 Minutes?"

If the answer is "Yes", then just stop what you are doing and handle it.

This has been a powerful tool for me, I have found that some small tasks can generally take less than 2 minutes, instead of build a list of small tasks to do together, I will stop, do the task, and get that off the plate.

Set A Time Limit

The second thing to do is set a time limit.  This works wonders.  If I have a sizeable task to complete, I will give it a time limit.  Whether it be 30 minutes, an hour, or only 5 minutes.  I have found that a 20 minute time limit works for me for particular projects.

As there are several repetitive tasks that I must do each day, I set a timer for 20 minutes and devote all of my attention to the task at hand.  I make large strides in each 20 minute segment each day and by the end of the week I see marked progress.

So when you have something to complete, check if it can be done in under 5 minutes or set a respectable time limit on it and get it done!


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