How is it that some people have the ability to “have it all”?

You see their updates on Instagram that they are slaying it at work, taking cool trips all over the world and recently launched their own not-for-profit organization. On top of all of these successes, they have a wide circle of friends and a close-knit family. They’re happy, healthy and fulfilled.

Their successes are real and it’s impressive.

You think to yourself, “I’ll have what she’s having” as per Billy Crystal’s famous line to Meg Ryan from in the restaurant scene from the movie, “When Harry Meets Sally”.

You can’t help but to compare your life with theirs and your life suddenly feels like it falls a bit short.

You wish you could have what they’re having.

You want to reach your goals and dreams faster and with more ease, but it seems like there is never enough time.

Time is an illusion but that’s a discussion for another time!

The good news is that you’ve got all the time in the world…it’s just a matter of how you use it!

The challenge you face each day is knowing exactly what deserves your attention, focus and energy.

Here’s a life hack that will allow you to get more done in less time AND feel the satisfaction in completing what is most important to you.

I promise.

But first, have you heard of Parkinson Law? Cyril Northcote Parkinson coined this term in an article he wrote for the Economist in 1955. He brilliantly named the phenomena that we’ve all experienced.

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

Let that sink in.

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

For example, if you give yourself a week to write that report (when it only will take 1 hour) you’ll be lucky if you actually complete it! When you give yourself an open-ended frame to complete something, you’ll procrastinate, make excuses and make the task more complicated with adding in extra variables that don’t add value and stall your progress.

What this boils down to is that your task will get more complicated and take longer if you give yourself too much time to complete it. Sometimes it will take weeks or months to a task that only takes an hour to do. That’s bananas.

There is a better way!

Here’s how to set yourself up to WIN each day:

  • Determine your TOP priority
  • Set a Timer for designated time such as 1 hour (extra points if it’s a funny looking one you found on Amazon or simply use your iPhone timer
  • Do your work – Put your head down and make magic happen.
  • Celebrate! Chances are GREAT that you’ve either completed this important task OR you have made serious headway. Congratulations!

Lather, rinse, repeat

This life hack is the secret to getting more done is less time. Time shrinks or expands based on our intentions. If you have a long list of to-do’s and an open-ended time frame, you will get much less done.

One the other hand, If you put a fence of time around your task…it will get done! Plus that gives you a hit of the feel good hormone, dopamine which fuels and motivates us to do more like that.

It’s a win-win strategy.

 

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