Can you really get anything productive done in 15 minutes? You’d be surprised what you can accomplish when you apply yourself within the constraints of a focused time limit.
For example, have you ever had an entire day ahead of you with nothing to do and nothing planned? Okay, me neither, but let’s just say hypothetically. 😉
Suddenly, before you know it, the day is over and you did exactly what you planned to do: nothing!
On the other hand, Parkinson’s Law states that any task will expand to fill the time you have to do it. And I’ve found this to be true. If I set aside an hour to do something, you can bet it will take an hour or even longer.
I can easily waste the first 45 minutes or so (“Oh, let me just answer this email first” and “Wow, did you see Nordstrom is having a sale?”) and then do a rush job in the last 15 minutes in order to get it done.
But let’s say that instead of a 60-minute chunk of time, you’ve got a few 15-minute blocks of time scheduled throughout your day.
Suddenly you’ve got a handful of small, laser focused “islands of productivity” that leave less room for procrastination and distraction!
Not only that, are you someone who tends to get overwhelmed? I know I do sometimes. Well, with this system you can divide a larger project into smaller, more manageable pieces.
Get started on the first bit, then move to something else for a while, come back (with fresher eyes, by the way) and reevaluate what is needed next and so forth.
And even better — there have been studies that indicate a variety of mental stimulation throughout the day actually triggers chemicals in your brain that make you feel happier. Go figure!
So why not give it a try?