I use my timer for everything!
Well, not everything that would be weird! I can just see my husband and I getting frisky in bed, and I suddenly tell him to wait while I set my timer…
“Okay, we have exactly 15 minutes…ready, set, go!”
Yeah, that would probably kill the mood very quickly!
Seriously though, I use my timer for all the things that I need to get done during the day. Such as cleaning, working out, writing, and any other tasks I need or want to tackle. Why? Because I am a perfectionist, who also happens to be a little ADD, as well as a procrastinator. It’s not the best combination. But, it’s me.
Being a perfectionist, means if I do begin something, such as deciding to clean out ONE drawer in my kitchen. That one drawer can easily turn into a major whole kitchen clean out and rearrangement, with all the drawers and cabinets emptied all at once. Before, I know it, I find a photo of one of my kids, that somehow ended up in the middle of the mess, which then leads me to get on Facebook to check on them. Then I end up scrolling through facebook for 2 hours looking at videos of dogs. You get my point. I get absolutely nothing else done for the rest of the day and end up scrambling just to get a load of laundry done and dinner started, if I can even find a pan and a spatula.
As a procrastinator, I often feel like it’s never the right time to begin something. I know that in most cases I won’t be able to finish it that day, so I dont want to even start, because I don’t want to take a chance on having to quit in the middle. I put it off and put it off and put it off, then it never gets done and every time I open a kitchen drawer, it mocks me.
So, I have learned to use a timer to help keep me focused and help keep me from feeling overwhelmed. I learned how to do this about 20 years ago. I have not perfected it, because I still procrastinate and still get distracted, but, for the most part, it keeps me on track. You should have seen me 20 years ago! I was a hot mess.
This probably sounds silly to those of you who are super focused, organized, and efficient. Like, my mom, but, unfortunately, I did not inherit the born organized gene. I need help to keep my life together!
Here’s how it works…its simple. I usually just set my timer for 10 to 15 minutes per task, depending on how much time I have and what else I need to get done. In the case of the kitchen drawer, for example, I would choose a drawer to start with, set my timer for 15 minutes, then work diligently and as quickly as possible, trying to beat the timer. I throw away junk and organize one drawer at a time, moving quickly to the next drawer, until the timer goes off. Then I stop! I now have at least one, but, usually several drawers cleaned out by the time it dings. Thats more drawers than I had done 15 minutes earlier, and now I am free to go on to other things! Even another drawer if I want to. Progress, not perfection!
It’s amazing what can be accomplished in 15 minutes! A task that might seem like it’s going to take forever can actually get completed in that amount of time, or less, in most cases. Setting a timer gives the perfectionist in me permission to stop and move on to other things. Otherwise, I would never get anything else done, because of the procrastinator with ADD, in me.
My timer has become a very valuable life tool. It helps me get things done! If you can relate give it a try! Let me know if it helps you.
Oops! My time is up for today 😉 Thank you for stopping by… See you soon!