What value do you put on your time?
It’s easy to let time slip through your fingers.
You have only half an hour before an appointment. You’re waiting for a student, a spouse, a child, a partner to show up—he’ll be here momentarily.
You’re ready with an excuse for letting the time get away because, after all, what can you do on your dissertation in 15 or 30 minutes?
Another 30 minutes lost.
I was talking to a dissertator the other day who is paid by the hour by a very good institute. She is paid well and knows that she is lucky to have the job.
But she doesn’t value her time in the same way that the institute does. She doesn’t think she could get much done on her dissertation in part of an hour.
Think of all of the things that you can do in 15 minutes. If you have children, you can read a story to them and tuck them in—that’s a big deal, but it doesn’t take much time.
You can get ready for work in 15 minutes, especially when you push yourself.
You can read one or two major stories on the front page of your paper.
You can run, do a few exercises, or take a fast walk for 15 minutes. In only a few minutes, you can get your heart rate up. And I’ll bet after 15 minutes you’ll feel as if you’ve really done something. And you will say to yourself—“Well, even if I don’t get any more exercise today, at least I did that.”
One of my clients who finished her degree this summer said that one of the most important things she learned while writing her dissertation was to make use of small chunks of time.
What if you decided that if 15 minutes are all you have on some days to work on your dissertation, well, you’ll make those 15 minutes count?
How do you use or lose the time you have? I’d love to hear from you.
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