Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Focus Tool - Your Timer

All of us have difficulty focusing on a task or project at some time or another. Some have difficulty holding that focus most of the time.

One trick I have learned while working with my clients is to use a timer.

Project Completion Challenge:
  • Decide what project you want to accomplish. If it is a large project, break it down into smaller components.
  • Set your timer. Some people set it for 10 minutes or even less. Others set it for 15 - 20 minutes. Let your attention span be your guide.
  • Start your first task.
  • When the timer rings, stop.
  • Ask yourself, "What am I doing right at this moment? Is it moving me forward on my task?"
  • If what you were doing was moving you forward, give yourself an "Atta, boy."
  • If what you were doing was not moving you forward, refocus yourself now.
  • Reset your timer and repeat until the task is complete or your allotted time to work on this project is up.
Some people post the task they are currently tackling on an index card or a piece of paper. That way they can glance up at it any time.

The next time you find your focus wandering, give this focus tool a try.


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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