This week we have been engaging in "Mini-Adventures" by transforming the tasks on our To-Do lists into playful engagement and started celebrating "Ta-Da's!" when we get stuff done, whether or not we planned to in the first place.
As we continue to become more and more effective with our time, we wrote to the prompt you see above. It may be exactly the life changing sort of writing you are looking for today. Ready? Let's write!
Prompt: I notice I use my time best when I….
I notice I use time best when I am not in a state of fear. It may seem obvious though it may not be, considering how many people insist they do best under pressure. Perhaps the thing is they are just used to doing things under pressure out of habit rather than out of intention.
I use my time best when my passion is stirred up and I feel like I am making an improvement, doesn’t matter how slowly, but together somehow someway I am seeing improvement. This is why I work in five minute chunks so often, because I can do almost anything for five minutes. I set the timer and do whatever it is.
Like right now, I need to attend to my room and I know once I set my timer for five minutes and dive in with laser-like intensity I will soon fall into a groove of wild productivity and I won’t need a timer anymore.
The flip side of the timer is it has a container effect. Life, my loves, is hectic. I am constantly spinning a cacophony of plates and schedules and if I am not aware of what’s going on at any given day, evening or moment, all may come crashing around me which takes me right out of my intentional zone I so love swimming around in.
(Note to future possible reader: “swimming around in” is a metaphor.)
I use my time best when I use a timer to ignite my passion and “chunk down” whatever is next on my to-do list.
In fact, I use my time best when I have a list of expectations and a companion list of celebrations.
I use my time best when I sandwich stuff I like to do with stuff I’m not wild about – I buffer myself that way. Do something I like for 5 minutes, do something I’ve been putting off for five minutes, do something I like for 5 and then back to not-like so much. Steadily increase the timer time and suddenly enormous progress is made seemingly in moments.
Now this, my beloveds… is passionate expansion of time.
My heart smiles. The timer buzzes. I’m done and off to my next mini-adventure!
Julie Jordan Scott
is the founder and creator of 5For5BrainDump. She has been inspiring artistic rebirth since 1999.