How I Get My Blogposts Written On Time

Ironically, I first read about The Power Of 48 Minutes when I was procrastinating over an article I was writing. You know how it is – that constant internal battle which rages over the simple action of Getting Started. Part of my time wasting was employed in trying to understand this phenomenon. Why, when I loved writing so much, did I often experience such inertia towards getting on with the job in hand? Yes – I wasted time wondering why I wasted time.

I’m not sure when Don Crowther first presented his method for Getting Things Done but I use his advice nearly every time I want to write anything.

This is what Don came up with:

1. Eliminate all distractions (for me = close Email, Facebook and Twitter etc)

2. Set a timer for 48 minutes.

I use a timer with audible ‘ticking’. It might be too distracting for some people but it keeps me on track!

3. Work continuously for 48 minutes.

Stay focused!

4. When the timer goes off, do whatever you want for the ensuing 12 minutes (taking you up to a full hour).

As I work from home, I must admit that when that bell shrieks I’m up like an Olympian – emptying the dishwasher, loading the washing machine, clearing up the mess in the kitchen, breaking into the chocolate stash :-) etc.

5. Reset the timer to ’48′ until your task is done.

It’s startlingly simple, very effective and – of course – open to your own modification. Rather set that timer for 35 minutes? 42 minutes? Go for it!

If you do decide to give this a go, I’d be really interested to hear about how it worked (or didn’t!) for you. Please do let me know in the comments below :-)

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  • Alise J.

    Thanks for the tip! I will give it a try. The hardest part will be eliminating all distractions (Facebook, email, etc.). The ticking clock would drive me crazy, so I think I’ll try it with a silent timer. :)

    • KarenGuttridge

      I’ve found it’s essential to close down social media or the temptation to keep peeking is too much! It’s funny – I thought the ticking on my timer would be too distracting but I find the regular beat keeps me writing! It’s not a loud ticker though. Let me know how you get on :-)

  • Denys Kelley

    I haven’t used the timer, but I do start a project with steps and when I finish a step, I get to take a break, reward myself and then continue. I’m liking the timer for 42- then break for 12. I’ll have to try that. Thanks.

    • KarenGuttridge

      I think the time of 48 minutes works well because it’s sufficiently long for me to get a fair amount done and often I finish the task completely in that time. Usually, it’s prepping images for my blog which takes me over time! Do come back and let me know if it works for you :-0

  • http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com/ Anita Mac

    What a great idea! I get so sidetracked with, well, anything! Biggest distraction is of course social media! Not helped by the fact that I do some of my research in that arena! Working on a local restaurant bucket list – going to give it a try! Hopefully I will get the post and links researched and written in that time! Five minutes to sort out my work space then I am setting the timer!

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Anita – I hope it works for you! Do let me know how you get on – I’d love to know! :-)

      • http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com/ Anita Mac

        Started off really well! One of my other biggest weaknesses is the phone and after 30 minutes of work, sure enough, I had a call. Not great at multi tasking through a call, so put the research aside, but was very pleased with the work I got done and am getting ready for another power 45! Lunch first of course – turns out researching restaurants is hungry business! Think I will apply this to housework too!

        • KarenGuttridge

          You’re definitely making progress! I’m just about to try the 48 method for writing my next post. just checked into a hotel so the lovely, deep bath plus oils and lotions are top distractions! And – 48 minutes housework? Too much, I say…! :D

          • http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com/ Anita Mac

            Soaking in the tub would be an awesome reward after a solid 48 minute session!
            It took me a few more than 1 48 minute sessions…but I am pleased to say the Restaurant Bucket List including links to all restaurants, got finished today! It was tough to narrow it down to 10!

          • KarenGuttridge

            Brilliant – that was quite a task you had! It really does work doesn’t it? Just got to keep resetting that timer and ignore all distractions! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-R-West/637392457 John R West

    you may just have saved my life !!!! – off to shops now to buy a very loud timer ! ! !

    • KarenGuttridge

      John that gave me such a good giggle! Let me know if you turn into a superblogger overnight :o )

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-R-West/637392457 John R West

        well – put it this way .. I bloody jump right out of my skin everytime it goes ‘pinggggggggggg’ …its SO loud … so instead of saving my life , it might just cause me to have a heart attack ! and btw i’m using it to catch up on all the ruddy admin that you need to do just to SURVIVE in France .. blogging will have to wait

  • Diane

    Very good idea with the timer!

  • Amy

    This is great. Working from home has its challenges and perhaps the top one (for me) is motivation. I’ll share this.

    • KarenGuttridge

      I have to say – it works for me!