I do love bad puns. (The title’s a bad pun you’ll get if you’ve been following this series of posts, starting here.) Peter Bregman is a Time Being. I’m a Time Being. So are you. This series is designed to make us more conscious Time Beings. (And have a little fun at our own expenses, another bad pun from an abundance consultancy and coaching practice!)
OK. Here’s the last bon mot I want to share with you from Peter Bregman’s 18 Minutes:
Create Interruptions. The goal isn’t to always be 100 per-cent focused. What you have to do is bring yourself back to what it is you’re trying to accomplish. The 18 Minutes concept is about creating strategic interruptions throughout the day to ask yourself questions like, Am I doing what I need to be doing? Doing this for five minutes in the morning, one minute each hour of the workday, and five minutes in the evening will prevent you from moving forward too zealously in the wrong direction.
Don’t you love that phrase: “moving zealously in the wrong direction?” OK, I’m a wordie, I admit it: I love gourmet language.
Here are RAISING CLARITY’s best thoughts about how to get the consciousness to create interruptions in your day:
- Notice multitasking is an illusion (except for autonomic activities like breathing).
- Notice how you use the organization of your time to self-distract, and pretend we’re getting something done.
- Wake up. Using time as a precious but unlimited resource (like money) creates more time. Why?
- You get more done.
- “What you appreciate, appreciates,” Lynne Twist says.
- It’s a positive spiral: waking up creates more waking up. Waking up to what we’re while we’re doing it will help you create interruptions.
Appreciations to the sources of this series of posts: I am grateful to Peter Bregman for
- his post, “Why I Returned My I-Pad”
- his book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done
- his holding space for people starting to question the rat race and its priorities
- noticing more people reach him by phone and email than by Facebook,
- affirming you shouldn’t answer each email as it comes in. (What a time-waster!)
And I appreciate Southwest Airlines’ inflight magazine, Spirit, for focusing me on his work.