I am about to give you the secret to productivity. Are you ready? Brace yourself, because this is a game/brain changer.

Set a timer for fifteen minutes, then do the thing.

It doesn’t matter what the thing is. Writing? Drawing? Laundry? That phone call to Mom? Learning a language? Getting ready for the next day? Cleaning the sink? Mastering the ukulele? Making bread dough? This works for all of them.

Too complicated? Let me break it down.

  1. Get a timer. Use your microwave, your phone, your computer, your watch (yes, some of us still wear and use them!).
  2. Set the timer for 15 minutes.
  3. Do the thing.
  4. When the timer goes off, stop doing the thing.
  5. High five yourself for being productive!

Of course, if you not only can do more, but also want to do more, by all means go ahead. You can even set the timer for another round of fifteen minutes. Go crazy! You’re on a roll!

This is how people get an insane* amount of things done. Life in fifteen minute chunks.



*This is how I manage to write novels in thirty days**: 15 minute chunks. Over and over and over again.

**And blog posts. Fifteen minutes is serious mojo making magic.