Take it one hour at a time

by - Sunday, January 20, 2019


Earlier today, the commercial to my favourite musical, RENT, came on TV and it got me thinking: there are 525,600 minutes in a year, and yet never enough hours in the day. That's how it feels sometimes, anyway. 

No matter who I talk to, when I ask them how they're doing, the response is usually "busy". Accompanied by a sigh or a shrug.

I get it. 

And I'm the first to admit that I cram way too much into any given day. And sometimes, it feels like you're not getting anything done. 

But that got me thinking even more. There is actually so much we can do in 24 hours.  So, I turned my thoughts upside down. 

Take those 24 hours and divide your day up into 4-hour chunks. Can you do 1 thing well in 4 hours? Of course, you can. Think about how much you can achieve in 4 hours? Tackle a new project. Watch a live production. Fly to the Caribbean.  
What if you divided those 24 hours into 6 x 2-hour chunks (assuming you sleep for the other 12 hours, how lovely). Can you now do 6 things in 2 hours? Once again, absolutely. In 2 hours, you can do 2 loads of laundry, grocery shop, shower and dress, make a meal, drive into the city, see a movie, host a meeting. 
  
I think if we all changed our perception of "busy", we would recognize that we actually DO get a lot done in one day, in one week, in one month. And for reference, doing "nothing" is still doing "something". 

I'm going to try, and I'm going to challenge you to do the same -- pick a number (2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, whatever). Try and get something done in that time. And then move on. 
Because starting is better than not starting. And most times, what we're pushing to get done can wait. 

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