Give Yourself a Time Limit

Are you having trouble finding the time to get something done. Maybe you want to write a blog post or build something, but you have no idea how to start.

Try this. Give yourself I time limit.

I do this every time I write for this blog. I simply pop open a browser window, open up, add 40 minutes and go.

It is amazing how quickly you can be motivated to take action when you trick your mind into thinking there is a deadline.

I use this for all kinds of tasks. I even use it for tasks I enjoy to keep myself from getting distracted.

  • sales calls
  • cleaning the house
  • getting ready in the morning
  • processing email
  • reading books and blogs
  • social media

It even works with longer projects. Let’s say you are working on something that you thinks will take a month to accomplish. Instead of giving yourself 4 or 5 weeks, give yourself a tiger deadline. Maybe 2 weeks.

You will amaze yourself with how well you can focus when there is a time line.

Want proof?

Remember that time (or times in my case) when you procrastinated on a school project. All of the sudden, the assignment you had a semester to complete was finished in 3 days. Why is this?

Work always expands to the container you give it.

If you give yourself a month, it will take a month. Will you actually work the whole month? Probably not. Instead, you will take time to “research” and “plan” and “get everything together.”

Then, with two weeks left, you will either decide to quit before you even started, or you will throw out all of your planning (read: procrastination) and take action.

Don’t fail to start or let distractions eat up valuable time. Give yourself a time limit. You will be amazed at how well you can focus and how much you can accomplish when you use time to your advantage. You will find time you had no idea you even had.

*Note: When I started giving myself time limits for writing, I would frequently go over. This is ok. It improves. This post was written, edited, and scheduled to be published in about 20 minutes.