My dad was the sweetest guy ever and he liked his coffee… just so. He lived with me the year before he passed away and I spent a lot of time warming up his coffee in the microwave. I soon developed a game to see what I could accomplish in 45 seconds. It was amazing what I could do by the time the buzzer sounded! I could look through the vegetable drawers, toss any creepy vegetables, and wipe out the drawer with a damp paper towel. All this got me thinking about how procrastination is a thief of time. I procrastinate on things I don’t want to do. Now if you don’t procrastinate, you can stop here. But if like me, you tend to put things off. This may help. I started using a timer.
Using Time as a Quick Remedy to Procrastination
After setting the timer I said to myself, “I can unload the top rack of the dishwasher in 3 minutes.” Of course, once I finished unloading the top rack, I unloaded it all. I decided to try this strategy in other areas of my life. It’s always hard for me to start on a blank page of an article. So, I decided to set the timer and if nothing came to me in 30 minutes, I was free to do something else (That meant something easy that required no effort.) Setting a timer tempts the thief of my time, procrastination.
Use a Timer to Beat the Thief of Time
Setting the timer is important. It keeps me from checking the time frequently to see if I can quit yet. It turned out that every time I set a timer as an ultimatum to myself, an idea came to me before the buzzer sounded and I got something started. While I never finish an article in one go but it’s much easier to start again when there is already something on the page.
5 Easy Steps To Avoid Procrastination
Recently I saw David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done. He has many suggestions and tips to avoid procrastinating. Mr. Allen says if you have something to do that takes less than 2 minutes, do it now. On bigger projects, he suggests a 5-step process:
Whether you read a “how to” book or just start setting a timer, you really can get it done with less effort than you imagined. Try it today.
Set up your annual follow-up with your doctor today. If you’re procrastinating on a health related issue, use the 5-step process to get ahead of your healthcare today. If it seems to be a hill you don’t think you can or want to climb alone contact us to help you! This is our specialty. Not only can we help reduce your stress, but reducing overall stress will help you feel better.
Love and Best of Health,
Shawn Harrell, MS, RN, Co-founder, CNO
Allen, David (2015). Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (2 ed.). Penguin Books.