How often do you get to the end of the day or even the week and still have a few things left on your ‘to do’ list, which you can’t quite understand why you hadn’t found the time to do them?
I’m not talking major undertakings here, like installing a new server or painting the office but more the titchy stuff.
There is a phone call I have been meaning to make for days now. It is nothing out of the ordinary or even hard. I just need to set up an interview. No fuss, no bother, they are even expecting my call – it will take two minutes tops.
Then why haven’t I got around to it?
Well, I don’t know really. I always seem to have something more pressing to do.
During a normal working week there’s approximately 2250 minutes. You’d think I’d be able to set aside just two of them – or 0.089 percent of my time – to pick up the phone.
If you think about it, 100 and 20 seconds is more than enough to do myriad things – change a printer cartridge, check your emails, spellcheck a report. It is possible to run half a mile, boil a kettle, and listen to a song (a shortish one) … you can even read this column.
So, it seems absurd when we say we ‘can’t find the time’.
It is ridiculous but, of course, it happens. We fill our days with this and that, things that are seemingly important but probably aren’t. Every time I am at my desk I feel under pressure to do the so many tasks that need doing, like writing posts, checking emails, reading RSS feeds, tweeting, and an endless stream of other things, that I convince myself I don’t have time for anything else. It may be something as simple as a phone call but, sadly, it is more than likely ‘me time’.
Technology may be to blame … but, thankfully, I have recently found a tech solution, as well. It is a website called ‘Do Nothing for 2 Minutes’ (donothingfor2minutes.com) that asks you to do just that.
Open the website, take away your hands from your keyboard and mouse, lean back and close your eyes, and listen to sea waves and relax yourself for two whole minutes. If you peek, you can see a timer counting down and show how well you are doing. Don’t touch your mouse or keyboard during the process, or you will see a bright red ‘FAIL’ message and have to start again from the beginning.
When the two minutes are up, you will be greeted with a ‘Well Done’ message. Try it and if you can last the two minutes – which actually feels like an eternity – give yourself a pat on the back. Then do the same thing tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.
Taking two minutes out to relax each day is the least we can do to help body and mind.