If studying part time whilst working over the last 12 months has taught me anything, it’s that I’m pretty good at procrastinating. If there’s something I’d really rather not do, I can seemingly put it off for a very, very long time with a multitude of varying excuses and other, more interesting tasks (spending hours on social media!).
However, despite my aptitude for procrastination, there’s one trick I’ve picked up that helps get those annoying tasks done, such as the dishes, tidying, or my most loathed task – putting away my washing!
Set 15 minutes on your chosen timer (oven/phone/egg) and blast that task without stopping for any interruptions. Focus solely on the tasks you’ve chosen to achieve without allowing yourself to get distracted, for just 15 minutes, and I guarantee you, after the timer chimes, you’ll be surprised at the results.
Breaking up tasks into 15 minute chunks allows me to focus solely on that tasks, without any interruptions, and I use the time efficiently, knowing that in 15 minutes I don’t have to do it anymore. In the past I’ve managed to change the bedsheets, put a wash out, put a wash on, and put away my clothes. All in 15 minutes.
At work, I modify the trick slightly, giving myself a set time limit, perhaps 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the task at hand, and focus solely on it, without emails, coffee breaks, trips to the biscuit tin, etc. I find I’m more productive and more efficient, and produce work of higher quality by breaking my daily tasks up in this way.
So tell me, how do you get unappealing tasks done?