A few weeks ago I was preparing dozens of CDs to marketing JibberJobber at a convention. Instead of paying over $4 per disk I decided to just buy a special CD burner and burn them myself. So every 16 minutes and 20 seconds I would take the freshly minted CD out of the drive and put a new one in.
It was kind of a flakey process for my laptop so I closed most programs and had to figure out other things to do while I was burning the CDs.
Something interesting happened during the two or three days that I did this. I found tasks that could be started and finished in 16 minutes. I got so many other things done – things that I had been putting off for a while!
I’m not much for personal improvement in organizing my time, projects or stuff. But working on this 16 minute schedule helped me become more effective.
If you find your need to be more effective (especially if your day gets away from you but you still spend time “researching” a company online, or “catching up on the news,” or something else that really isn’t a value-add activity), pull out an egg timer and set it for small increments, make a list of doable tasks (pay bills, go through e-mail, make a networking phone call, update your JibberJobber network, invite 5 people to your LinkedIn network, backup your computer, plan on going to a network event (and invite others), reach out to a friend, etc.) and get some jobs done!
From one cluttered mind to another
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