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.
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