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Set The Timer

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When I'm having trouble getting started on a project, it helps me to set the kitchen timer I have on my desk commit to working on it for just that period of time, even if it's only 20 minutes. The timer is also great for limiting time spend online.

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My kitchen timer is a lady bug. Somehow, that makes this disciplinary tool a little friendlier. Make friends with your timer!

And, actually, I have two of them, one on the desk and one in the hallway, so that I don't have to look for one when I need it.

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  • It feels god to read this suggestion because it makes me feel better.
    I am practising this since some days now and didn't want to tell anybody because I was afraid that I was very odd.
    But now I can read that there are others like me, great!
    Keep up the good work!
    - by LINNAEA73
  • I have used the timer many times and in doing so I can certainly kick it up a notch and spend a lot less time in each room..... Let's face it who wants to be a slave to housework! emoticon - by 2BDYNAMIC
  • thank s for the reminder it works great but we often need to be reminded how much you can get done in 10 minutes. - by SPARKFRAN514
  • IMEATINGWELL
    I've done this for years, spurring on things I find hard to start, from housework to yardwork, to writing Christmas cards, to writing academic papers! - by IMEATINGWELL
  • This is a backup "get it together" tool for me for a long time. I used the timer with my son, you have to practice music for 8 min---you are 8 years old. Or "I am sorry, the timer went off. It's time for you to go to bed." and "You have to brush your teeth for 3 min." I use it for me all the time for jobs I find very tedious. It works for me. I have a timer or two on every floor in the house. Thanks for posting it. emoticon - by IOWADEB
  • SHASUN
    I've made a habit of using a timer. Knowing I have a set amount of time allotted for a specific activity keeps me motivated. I especially like it for housecleaning -- I can do any chore if I know I only have to do it for so many minutes (and, in fact, once I get started, I sometimes hate to stop and just continue to work until I'm done). - by SHASUN
  • MRSMILEY1
    I do as well and would like to add that many gadgets come with timers including cellphones, ipods, even computers. Mine reminds me to turn off the computer and go take my walk. - by MRSMILEY1
  • DPETERSON54
    Fantastic idea Thanks - by DPETERSON54
  • I think I'll try this on myself on days I'm procrastinating to do something. I actually have 4 identical timers pre-set for certain things that happen at the same time every day, but didn't think to use one for myself modivation things. DA!!! LOL - by MSROBY
  • JENNIE92647
    I use my timer regularly. Last week I was so engrossed in paperwork; I lost track of time and was late for nursery school pick-up (now I set it). It's also a great motivator for kids, "let's see if you can get dressed in 3 minutes"? or "just work on homework for 5 minutes and see what you can do" My 1st grader is tired at the end of the day and this makes homework, less overwhelming. - by JENNIE92647
  • JAE_HENNINGTON
    great idea - by JAE_HENNINGTON
  • A good idea - by RICK1947
  • Totally agree! There is nothing so hateful, chorewise, that you can't do it for 15 or 20 minutes! At least that's what I've found! - by 1CRAZYDOG
  • I use my timer a ton. The kids and I set it for 5 minutes to "rescue" a room that needs picking up. Amazing what a little concentrated time can do. - by ELSAT137

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