Hello, My name is Emma and I’m a procrastinator. *Hi Emma*.
I’m also a chronic list maker, over thinker, and have a desperate desire to get sh*t done with the mindset that there are not enough hours in the day.
Blogging? Not enough time.
Finish 1 more subject at Uni? Not enough time
Go to the gym? Not enough time.
Follow my daily sometimes irrational life goals? Not enough time.
What does there seem to be time for? Work and cleaning the house. Ergh.. Adulting, Am I right?!
It drives me insane. I just saw an article where David Cassidy from the Partridge Family said on his death bed “so much wasted time”. If he had so much wasted time, heaven knows how much I’m going to have. It’s weird, but at 31 years old I feel like I should have my sh*t together and well on the way to achieving my life’s ambition (whatever that is). I’m comforted by the fact that a lot of other people don’t have their sh*t together either so I feel less alone, but I thought the only way to fix that problem is to make some decisions and get on with it. There’s no other way.
The Hour of Power Project
Let me introduce you to my new mini project that I hope will let me get more out of my time. It’s called The Hour of Power Project. Great name, Emma.. why thank you. I’m almost certain it’s not in any way original.
The premise is pretty simple. I pick a task, I set a timer for 1 hour, and then I GO GO GO!!! Yup. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. I realise it sounds unbelievably basic and you’re probably rolling your eyes at me right now, but unless I set myself an amount of time I just don’t do anything at all because I’m too busy thinking that I’m well… busy, or I’m overwhelmed by my To Do list and don’t know where to start so I just don’t. I’m also convinced it is a side effect of being a shift worker. I have no solid routine. I can barely tell you what day it is let alone my gym schedule.
It’s a mindset thing and I’m all about that stuff right now. I’ve got some bad habits in my brain that unbeknowns to me have been holding me back from doing the things I want to do. It’s amazing the stuff you learn from self help books 😉
The Key: Set the timer!!
“Hey Siri, set the timer for 60 minutes.”
I’m forever looking at the clock to make sure I’m not late. Especially when I’m on afternoon shifts. It can be 10am in the morning and I already have that feeling like I’m going to be late for work that starts at 4pm. It also helps me not get carried away with things too. Without a time limit I’ll lazily spend the whole day cleaning the house. It’s a waste of a full day because I could do a couple of hours during the work week and then go back to enjoying my life on the weekend. It also helps me to be a bit more present. If I’m not worrying about the time I can really focus on what I’m doing and give my mind a well deserved break.
I’m going to try and apply this new mini project to lots of different aspects of my life. Reading a book, gardening, cleaning, watching TV, walking the dog, writing blog posts etc. If I’m enjoying something then I can just re-set the timer for another hour and see how I go.
Has anyone else tried something similar? I’m eager to hear how you went. I’m hoping I’ll stick to it.