Today, I’m going to give you one quick tip and share a clip.
As you know, I’m back from vacation. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to start gushing again!) And for about a week, I had some issues sleeping. (I’m not going to start complaining either!)
Was it jet lag? Having a list of things to do that I wanted done yesterday? Being exhausted from not having my usual physical outlet? (I had to take a break from kickboxing due to my literal “falling for handsome tour guide” injury.) Tommy stepping on my head every (way too early)
morning? Or perhaps it was a crazy combo of all these things.
Whatever the reason, I found myself up for 20 hours a day doing “stuff”. And I was in such a weird zoned-out state that I wasn’t going about any of it in an organized way. While I wouldn’t say I’m rigid, I usually do like to be organized when it comes to my schedule.
I’m happy to report that I’ve been sleeping well the past few nights, and that’s really helped me get back into a groove. A groove, not the groove. #1985MadonnaRocks #DesperatelySeekingSusanChangedMyLifeAndMyStyle #RubberBraceletsForeva
Well, now that I think about it, I guess I have two tips, the first being get some sleep! You may not need as much as somebody else, but your body and mind do need rest in order to function properly. If you don’t stop driving, you’ll eventually run out of gas!
Now for my original tip. According to Parkinson’s Law, work expands to fill the time available. How did I decide to control the time available? That’s right, by setting a timer.
I had great success doing this. Just knowing the timer was set made me sit up straighter. (Dad, I know this will make you happy, you stickler for good posture, you!) I felt more determined to get going, since, after all, I had limited time. I gave myself 15 minutes for
social media in the morning, 30 minutes to check and respond to emails, 15 minutes to peruse the most intriguing pieces from The Hollywood Reporter, 1 hour to brainstorm a new idea…
AND, when I couldn’t fathom spending a few hours doing one of my favorite things, writing, because all I wanted to do was see what Frank Underwood was concocting (Kevin Spacey, you are seriously oozing with talent!) or clean my apartment (it’s fun for me!), I set the timer for 20 minutes and told myself that was all I had to do.
Before you know it, the timer went off, and I was completely consumed
with writing and didn’t want to stop! Usually self-trickery doesn’t
work on me, but somehow this did!
There you have it. Take it or leave it. I know not everything works
for everyone, but maybe next time you find yourself getting off track or
in need of a jump start, you’ll be open and willing to test this out?
Now, do you have any advice for getting your car out of park or your train back on the rails? (Or how to stop using vehicle references?!) Set a timer and share in the comments below!
And, if this was helpful to you, please spread The Buzz! You can’t see me, but know that when you do, I’m smiling BIG with a ton of appreciation!
Oh, and here’s that funny clip I promised. I saw this at least 15 years ago and still find it SO DARN FUNNY. You’ll be reminded of just how easy it is to get distracted and maybe “bee” motivated to set that timer!
Amy, The Queen Bee NYC
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