The 30-Minute Rule
“Do not procrastinate for more than 30 minutes a day!”
You are probably wondering, “Is this for real? Is this really possible? Can someone who has procrastinated for hours on a daily basis really make such a dramatic change?” For any doubters, remember that it is never too late to develop new habits. The strategies outlined in this chapter will help you tackle your tasks instead of putting them off.
Start by adding just one new habit. Make it a good one. This is the 30-minute “Stop the clock” method. Many daily time management planners are divided into 30-minute increments (see pages 22-25). Within 30-minutes most of us can accomplish most task or chores. Think about it. You can exercise for 30-minutes and get a pretty good workout. You can read a few pages in a book, study a math problem, write a rough draft, or attempt to memorize a few facts within 30-minutes. You can also take a nice 30-minute nap, watch a 30-minute TV show, or listen to some of your favorite songs in 30-minutes. This is a great way in which to measure and manage time on a daily basis.
NOTE: Many additional procrastination strategies are included in the upcoming chapters in this text. Time management, procrastination, goal setting, and stress management are all closely related to one another. For example: If you were to procrastinate up to the last minute to study for an exam your stress level is very likely to elevate and you can become nervous. It is very important to have a goal to review notes after every class. Good time management and the discipline to challenge yourself every day is essential!
Exerpts from the book "Mentoring To-Go"