Time, it is a weird phenominum. We all get paid exactly the same number of hours per day yet some of us have all the time in the world, and others none. Even on an individual bases when comparing one day to the next. I have had days when I have done so much with ease and others when I look back at the day and think “where did the time go?”
Due to some coaching on the topic I have learnt the management of time is indeed a skill. One that I am still learning to master. With the desire and challenge of growing my own food a skill that I feel I must improve upon.
Melanie has also been working on the art of time management and I have recently been inspired by her latest technique. She has been following the Fly lady, who seems to be a master of time and organisation in relation to house keeping, and I thought I would try and apply her thinking to the garden.
Do you ever find yourself looking at the garden and thinking ”there is just too much to do?”, or considering a task like weeding and thinking “I just can’t finish that in the time I have available.”, and as a result don’t start. I do. Well the Fly lady claims this is a form of perfectionism taught to us through statements like “If you can’t finish it, don’t start it” or “If you can’t do it properly, don’t do it at all.” I never realised it before but I now know this is a cause of constant procrastination for me.
So how do you over come it? The answer lies in an ordinary kitchen timer. Instead of basing the end of a task on its completion, base it on a fixed period of time. Finding 15 minutes here and there to do a bit of weeding, sowing or potting out I think is possible even for the most busiest schedule. I also think I am going to be amazed at what can be achieved in such a seemingly small amount of time.
Saturday I put this new technique to the test and did 15 minutes of weeding the path. As you can see I got allot done but not complete. And that is perfectly OK as next weeks 15 of weeding will bring it that bit closer.
What could you do (not complete) in 15 minutes?