The 0.07 commitment
[1 minute self-development]
Welcome back to my weekly 1-minute self-development blog. Last week opened in 77 countries!
It got me thinking about how for many of us, email and internet consume so much time that hours need to be set aside to deal with it. It can end up being stressful, and relentless. The information overload contributes to this stress. If this is relevant to you, the 0.07 commitment will help you create a lot more time for yourself with an email and internet plan.
I’m asking you to spend 0.07 per cent of your day ensuring that you approach it in the right manner and stick to your goal of simplifying and doing one thing at a time. (In case you hadn’t realised, 0.07 per cent of your day is one minute.)
- Before you start the important and productive part of your day (work, errands, meetings, looking after children, whatever it is), sit for one uninterrupted minute.
- Write a brief plan for when you are going to ‘do emails’. For instance, ‘I will check emails at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.’ Or, ‘I will check emails when I arrive at work, at lunchtime, and before I leave.’
- Write down a separate time for personal web-surfing. For instance, ‘I will do personal web stuff between 8 and 9 p.m. tonight. For the rest of the day, I’ll use the web for work only. (1 minute to make plan = 0.07 per cent of the day)
It’s as simple to simplify as that. Once you’ve made the plan, and written it down, you’re more likely to stick to it. Then you’ll find it’s easier to simplify your actions, simplify your thoughts and do one thing at a time.