Time is life’s most precious commodity. Treat it accordingly.
My new goal, starting today, is to write my blog in one hour or less every week. Yep.
Will it affect the quality of my writing initially? Perhaps. Will I feel rushed at times? Almost certainly….but pushing ourselves is how we grow.
If we’re too ashamed to do something poorly at first we will never get better.
What I’m hoping comes about as a result of this little experiment slash discipline, is my brain learns to operate in overdrive and shifts into another gear when it’s time to write my blog every Tuesday. Will it happen? Hope so, but there’s only one way to find out.
In time, I will (hopefully) learn to produce better content in less time.
As my buddy Josh calls it, I’m shooting for GPS in LAT — the greatest possible significance in the least amount of time
I hope to eventually shorten it to 30 minutes or even 15 minutes once I master this blogging thing in an hour. Depends how quickly and effectively I can shift into overdrive when I write. Writing was not my forte but after two years of blogging (almost) every Tuesday, I’m starting to get the hang of it.
If it doesn’t work as planned BFD. I can always make adjustments on the fly. I’m not ashamed to say I #%@#’ed up and I was wrong.
So what is this overdrive I’m hoping to achieve?
Overdrive is shifting into that extra gear. It’s that athlete who has the extra umph at the end of the game!
In sports we call it “being in the zone” or in positive psychology it’s referred to as a state of “flow” or flourishing.
Overdrive is the state we need to shift into when things need to get done and failure is not an option. When we’re in these states of flow, time seems to stand still.
Everyone of us would benefit from more flow time. The trick is figuring out how to get there.
It’s practicing or spending time in something so engaged that time seems to stand still and the outside world ceases to exist.
It’s having total focus and single-mindedness of purpose.
In what areas of life can you push yourself right now? Where is there room for improvement? Where would you benefit from more flow? Where are you struggling? Where are you excelling?
Think about the last time you experienced flow or being in the zone.
What were you doing?
What do you do that causes the hours to pass so quickly that you lose all track of time?
If you haven’t experienced “flow” lately (or ever) one tip is to try turning your cell phone off for extended period of times (hours or even days at a time) and focus on being in the moment.
I wrote about a goal setting exercise a while back that can help anyone experience overdrive in five minutes or less.
It’s real simple.
And the goals we set in overdrive are just as accurate as goals we labor over for hours, week, months and even years. Do you believe it?
Try the exercise and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. It’s a fun little exercises, worth doing (and redoing) pushing your brain into overdrive that takes no more than five minutes of time and it can provide you an accurate snapshot of your life in five minutes. The results will astonish you.
Click here to check it out or I’ll also include the link at the end of this post for those of you who want to keep reading and try it at the end if you have time.
As I glance over at my timer, I’ve got
47 minutes 41 minutes 33 minutes left to finish the post. Excuse my stream of consciousness but I’m cool with this week’s piece so I’m going to browse the internet for a couple cool pictures to include with this post and call it a day. Writing time: 21 minutes. Boooya!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s post.
Only by pushing ourselves beyond what we consider realistic can we learn to do things we’ve never done before.
Today’s time to write the blog: 28 minutes.
Until next week stay positive, keep learning, get some exercise and push yourself to get better. If possible try and get lost in the moment and shift into overdrive at least once this next week.
Here are two links from this week’s post worth clicking on:
- Get a 5 minute snapshot of your life
- The best wedding proposal I’ve ever seen (inspiring stuff Isaac!)