Earlier today I was putting off the creation of a deliverable for a design client. Since I got to it in the afternoon, my energy was a little bit down for that sort of work and I wasn’t exactly in the mood to get it done today (it’s due Thursday), though I did have time.
To help myself avoid the procrastination and last minute rush tomorrow or Thursday, I came up with a new solution:
I challenged myself to finish the project in less than 45 minutes.
Because I track the time for the project for billing already, the time challenge was also working in my client’s favor. The more effective and efficient I was at the task, the quicker I’d cross it off my to-do list and the more money they would save.
Taking the task and putting constraints on it actually made me more energized to do it, and do it well.
Though I ended up clocking in at 46:37, I was pretty darn close to my goal.
It turned out all I needed to do to get an important, but not urgent task completed was add my own little time restraint challenge.
I wonder where else we could apply this time trick to to accomplish the easily avoidable… maybe scheduling a yearly physical or doing the chores?