Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Beat The Clock

“We didn’t lose the game, we just ran out of time.” – Vince Lombardi

Seth Godin blogged recently and asked, “What about sprints?”

My husband, in his youth, was a track athlete, plus baseball, basketball and whatever other sport was offered. Track was his best and favorite. He trained by doing sprints.

Many people training for their first 5k, walk for a while and then sprint for a minute or two (or more). Most people can’t sustain sprints for very long.

Maybe in your work, you need to try some sprints. Rather than having two speeds – work hard then rest (watching Netflix.. whatever you do when you go home), add a third speed… sprint.

Sometimes it is amazing what you can get done in a short period of time when you completely focus, shut out the rest of the world and just sprint.

A good friend of mine, Linda Watson – a CPA firm marketing consultant – always recommends playing “Beat the Clock” when she has an important article, promo piece or procedure to write. She sets aside one hour to focus and write like crazy – no interruptions. When the hour ends, she stops and is often amazed by what she can turn out in one hour.

I often take her advice and focus intently for one hour on an issue or challenge to see what I can accomplish. I sprint!

You might try it when you are stuck and short on time.

  • "If you got the money honey I got the time and when you run out of money I run out of time."
  • Willie Nelson

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