I was chatting with an old, well not that old actually, friend a few days ago.
She was telling me how she was struggling to keep focused on her tasks with so many other distractions in her schedule, kids squealing around her, her partner getting grumpy (‘you never have time for me’), she can’t concentrate and get things done.
‘Stop!’ I said
Get a grip girl! Clearly not the right thing to say to a woman – especially coming from a man. She looked at me through those evil squinty eyes, you know that look – right, but before I turned to stone I said…
‘Look, cut down the time you’re working on your business and get more focussed – crunch your time – all of it!’
As she sipped her G&T she whispered ‘crunch it – FFS’
‘Yes, crunch it’
I went on to explain crunching time. Or It’s crunch time!
Take a piece of work or task, or pretty much anything you have to do and do ONLY that one thing / task. So, let’s say you have to spend some time with you kids, helping them study, then just do that – and only that! Your kids will love you for it as they get your undivided attention, your other half will love it as they get some ‘me time’. Win – win -win.
Here’s the thing – you have to have rules!
You and they have to commit to this new way of being… as much as is possible, in these crunch times that you set.
The rules –
1 – Focus only on that one task no distractions
2 – No one is allowed to interrupt during the crunch session – it breaks the momentum and impacts on the output.
3 – Crunch time is only 40 minutes
4 – When it’s over it’s done
5 – Take a break (10 minutes should do it)
6 – Move to the next crunch or free time
She looked up from her now half full G&T and smiled.
‘That just might work’, she said.
‘There’s no might’ I replied – and I’ll have what your drinking – thanks.
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