The 20-minute rule is something you will see that students and entrepreneurs all around the world swear by. It’s something that has been gaining importance during the pandemic where everyone is working from home.
Why do people give it so much credit ?And how can it help you deal with the work from home slump?
More importantly- what is it ?
If you’re a student, a business owner ,an entrepreneur or a teacher prepping for online classes – we all face difficulty in getting started with our work.
Schools have shut down. Exams been indefinitely postponed.
Needless to say,motivation – or even the desire to achieve simple tasks in my everyday life have been a tad bit tricky.
Because I would rather watch an episode on Netflix instead of tackling my to do list.
I would rather chill and let the afternoon heat wallow over rather than finish my projects.
The 20-minute rule can help you deal with motivation slumps ,uncertainty and overcome the hurdle to get started.
Let me break it down for you like this:
Is there something you have been putting off for days ?
Let me give you a few examples
Ticking tasks off your to- do list
Finishing an assignment
Cleaning your room
The idea behind this concept this simple.
Set a timer for 20 minutes.
And push yourself to start this one task for just 20 minutes – until the timer goes off.
That’s all .
What this exercise does is that it gives you a starting point.It holds you accountable to your work for 20 mins.
And believe it or not – it’s all you really need
Now this could play out one of three ways
1.You enjoy the task at hand and will continue to do the task long after the timer set off.
2. You realize that this is something you are not interested in.Well in this case just move on to another task.
3.You fail to get started. Don’t lose heart. Instead just reset the timer and start again.
This 20-minute rule is a real breakthrough if you are dealing with motivation slump like I am.
It helps me take back control of my day , beat procrastination and more importantly deal with the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Try the 20 minute rule today.
Let me know in the comments below what you struggle with doing during the pandemic.