There is a lot of research that shows how bad multi-tasking is. It seems to be scientifically proven that when we keep changing our focus back and forth between projects or tasks, we become less productive and less creative.
But the danger is that we feel like we can’t work on something until we have a big block of uninterrupted time set aside for it. We may avoid working on something because we know we can’t work on it for very long.
Of course it’s great if you have 1.5 hours of focused time to work on a project, but don’t make that a requirement. Many times that just can’t happen.
So how do you get a quick win?
Set aside a much smaller amount of focused time instead. Even 5 minutes can make a big difference.
Maybe you won’t get much accomplished as far as the entire project, but that 5 minutes gives you some very important momentum. It’s a quick win – you made progress, you moved the needle.
I do this a lot with my morning routine. Some days I just don’t have the time to give every part of my routine as much as I’d like. So instead, I shave 5 or 10 minutes off of each segment. A 2 hour routine can be a 20 minute routine if it really has to.
You’ve probably heard the quote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.”
One little step in the right direction can mean the difference between a project that keeps getting pushed off and one that is accomplished.
Do you have any projects that you keep telling yourself you need lots of time for? Set your stopwatch (I use Howler Timer on my Mac) for 5 minutes and get a quick win today!
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About Will Watrous
Marketing consultant, trumpet player, member of Alliteration Anonymous, and a fan of organizations that align to make a big difference.