15 minute time-slots

I’ve discovered a way that stops me being so lazy.  I’m not sure I came up with this myself, as it seems too clever.  I feel like I’ve read it somewhere, it’s swished about in my brain for who knows how long and then one day I feel like I’ve had an idea but it’s not really my idea.  Who knows?  If you do, please let me know so I can pass on the credit.

(The photo of the trees is supposed to represent the tangled woods we wander, trying to find our way in life – I know, I know)

I’ve tried a lot of things to get me to do what needs to be done but they don’t work.

  • Habit trackerfill in all the squares, you wont want to miss a day – didn’t bother me.  In fact coloured-in and not coloured-in make a nice pattern
  • List You’ll like crossing things off.  It’s on the list, so what?  I’ve always got tomorrow, unless I haven’t…
  • ThreatsIf you don’t do what you need to, you can’t do what you want to. No one is going to stop me, especially myself which therein lies the problem.
  • TreatsIf you get it done, you can have some chocolate.  I had the chocolate without getting it done, what you gonna do?

I’m painting a bleak picture of my personality here.  It’s not to say I don’t have willpower because I do, just not enough perhaps with certain things.  I just always think that I can’t be bothered.  Well, no more!!  This is where the 15 minute time-slots comes in.

My dailes:

  1. Duolingo – Italian
  2. Duolingo – Japanese (I don’t recommend if you’re a beginner because it’s still in beta-mode and some of the Japanese is a bit off.)
  3. Wanikani – I usually do more than 15 mins but I like kanji
  4. knitting/crochet/sewing/embroidery
  5. run
  6. Japanese TV
  7. meditation
  8. yoga
  9. Japanese Pod 101 x4
  10. Japanese reading
  11. Anki
  12. Grammar
  13. Speaking

Simply put, I spend 15 minutes on each thing on the above list.  Now, I haven’t implemented them all yet, but the ones I have, I have kept up with.  15 minutes doesn’t sound a lot but it’s surprising just how much you can get done.  For most of these, it’s 15 minutes more than I was doing.

Do you have any productivity tips that work for you?

Emily

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