We are all plagued with lethargy or procrastination at some point. For some, it’s just temporary bouts which are short lived. For others it’s more frequent and can last for a few days at a time.
There is no magic cure for that behaviour, or lack thereof, there are only new habits that can be ingrained. If you suffer from it, there is a way of breaking that pattern, and that is taking a 30 minute chunk of your day and see what you can push yourself to accomplish.
I believe it’s possible to achieve in 30 minutes what the average person completes in an average day. Rarely do we push ourselves to see what we can really do.
When I started writing this I switched on my countdown timer to see if I could write this whole post, finished and edited in 30 minutes. I’ll write at the very end how I did.
Push yourself to see what you can do in 30 minutes. Once you’ve done it, reward yourself and take the rest of the day off. Then make it a habit. Maybe even do this exercise a few times a day.
Just think how much you could do if you pushed yourself to do a full day’s worth in 30 minutes, and then you repeated that a few times a day, imagine what you could accomplish?!
Life is very short. It drifts by very quickly, and before you know it, you may hit a point in your life where you’ll look back and ask, where did all the time go? Start making inroads now to do all the things you really want to!
Here’s a list of 32 things you can try…(pay particular attention to number 15)
- If you don’t have a job and are looking, apply for 15 jobs
- If you are a blogger and are short of time, see what you can come up with in 30 minutes
- If you are a song writer, see what you can create
- If you write books see if you can write a whole chapter
- If you enjoy TV see how many facts you can absorb
- If you work in an office do your regular days work in 30
- If you are on twitter tweet 100 new people and just say hello
- If you do comedy come up with 5 jokes
- If you are a swimmer do 100 laps in 30 minutes
- If you are a runner see if you can run 3 miles; that’s 10 minutes per mile
- If you have a car see how far you can go
- If you are a speaker see if you can write a full speech
- If you’ve never been to the gym go and see if you can do 30 minutes of exercise
- If you are a student see if you can revise your entire syllabus
- If you have nothing at all do write a list of possible things you could do in 30 minutes…in 30 minutes
- If you are a social butterfly see how many new people you can connect with
- If you are a tidy freak see if you can do one room…or the entire house!
- If you are an entrepreneur create a new product
- If you are a web designer work your magic and whip up something fresh
- If you are in a band see how many gigs you can get booked for
- If you’re a photographer see how many unique snaps you can take
- If you’re a magician see how many tricks you can do
- If you’re a manager see how many compliments you can pay to your staff
- If you’re a critic see how many things you can review
- If you’re a music producer see if you can make a fresh beat….and sell it!
- If you’re a gadget blogger see how many gadgets you can review
- If you love nature go for a walk and see how many creatures and plants you can spot
- If you’re a student give yourself a 30 minute deadline to write a CV or cover letter
- If you’re touched by the scenes in Japan see how much money you can raise
- It’s comic relief this week; see what fun thing you can do to raise money within that time
- See how much junk you can de-clutter from your abode
- Surf the net and find out as much about a culture
There we have it, I managed to get more than 30. In total, this whole post took me about 35 minutes. What can you do? Share your results.