Do You Know How Long 3 Minutes Is?

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While going about my early morning routine, it occurred to me that 3 minutes is quite a long time.

I can see you shaking your head in disagreement. But try this little experiment. Put a cup of water in the microwave and set it for 3 minutes. Then consciously go about your business and keep track of everything you can get done in that short amount of time.

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For instance, I brushed my hair, my teeth, washed my face and applied my wonderful skin care products, not neglecting my throat or under the eyes and still had time to put everything back in it’s proper place and visit with my little cat “The Vicar” before the microwave pinged. What I really mean by visiting with him though is that I had to chase him down to retrieve a cotton ball that he thought might be great fun to haul off with.

Other days when I have done this, I have found that it is quite easy to get a load of laundry or dishes started, the pets fed, mail sorted, etc. Three minutes is really quite a long time.

In my business I am often asked how I manage to get so much done in the course of a day, and what I just described above is how I do it. I “segment intend”. Because I have a very well developed awareness of time I have been able to train myself to work, and work HARD in 15 to 20 or 30 minute segments.

Because so much of my work is done in front of a computer monitor and because a great deal of it is very technical, it is quite important that I take physical breaks after one of these full-on segments. I get up and walk around (do laundry, dishes, other household tasks), drink plenty of water, bounce for about ten minutes on my Needak Rebounder, or just go outside with my dog Abbey Rose to get some fresh air and re-boot, so to speak. During that time, my mind and body are recharged and it is quite easy to re-focus on the task at hand.

I also make it a point to switch between high and low attention tasks, which allows my brain a rest after heavy concentration. For instance, if I spend the better part of  the morning working in Infusionsoft or WordPress, it behooves me to then switch off at some point during the day to low attention tasks such as reading and responding to email, filing, shredding, etc., before going back to a task that requires deep concentration and creativity.

Please come back and share what you learned that you can easily accomplish in 3 minutes. I would love to hear from you!


About the Author:

Denise Griffitts is a nationally recognized Virtual Assistance Industry Expert, Online Business Manager, VA Coach and Mentor. She owns and operates a highly successful multi-VA firm and a web development company.

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