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30 Second Tip – Get More Done by Setting a Timer for the Task

You can get more done by setting a timer when working on tasks.  So how does setting a timer do this?  Wouldn’t having a timer be an impediment by forcing you to stop after the time is up?  Not all at.

By setting a timer before you start working on a task, it allows you to get more done by zeroing in your focus.  Say one of your goals for the day is to organize your closet, and you want to spend an hour working on it before you have to get to another commitment for the day.  Setting the timer before you start improves your focus in three ways:

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Comment by Lesley Morrison on September 30, 2016 at 8:34am
Allan - it is amazing how things really seem to take as long as we allow them to. Deadlines really cause you to get more done and work harder!
Comment by Lesley Morrison on September 30, 2016 at 8:29am
Thank you John! I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!
Comment by Lesley Morrison on September 30, 2016 at 8:26am
Thank you, Mike. Glad you've had success with it!
Comment by Allan Dubon on September 30, 2016 at 7:35am

Great tip! I think this would work well for me. I love the idea of focusing and shortening your time for Parkinsons law. It's kind of like life and business, you get more done when you have a focused goal!

Comment by Ann Musico on September 30, 2016 at 7:16am

Very smart Lesley - why doesn't that surprise me!!!?

Comment by Lesley Morrison on September 30, 2016 at 7:12am
A timer is a great tool, Ann! I use the silent, vibrating alarm on my FitBit as my timer. It keeps me motivated without being so obvious to everyone around me.
Comment by Lesley Morrison on September 30, 2016 at 7:08am
You're welcome Jen! Always happy to contribute. :)
Comment by John Miller on September 29, 2016 at 6:05pm

Yes, yes, yes!  This is such a great strategy and has worked wonderfully for my procrastinating self.  Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Mike Cournia on September 29, 2016 at 9:12am

Well said, Lesley. This works wonderfully.

Comment by Ann Musico on September 28, 2016 at 12:26pm

I love your tips Lesley - always so simple and practical. I suggest clients set a time to remind them to get up and move periodically throughout the day - a timer is a great tool!

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