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Positive thoughts from Lockdown #6



Homeschooling, supermarket deliveries, group Zoom calls.


None have phased me.


But what to do with my hair...?! 馃槺


I'm beginning to look like a badger in negative.


馃専 So this is my solution: Brand-coloured hairbands!


馃敟 Which is your favourite? And how's your lockdown hair? 馃槂



In other news, it's been a big week 馃帀


I've had my business birthday, some fantastic feedback, and given away my most popular productivity tip so far.


To find out more, read on...



1. 鉁达笍 'YOU CAN DO ANYTHING FOR 15 MINS' 鉁达笍


I am not a natural housekeeper.


(My motto: "have as much cleaning help as you can afford"...)


But I learned how to clean a house from the Flylady, an American cleaning guru.


And she taught me something EVEN MORE USEFUL:


馃専 the best anti-procrastination tool I know:



*'You can do anything for 15 minutes'*



It's only 15 minutes!


You can tell yourself, how hard can that be?!


So actually set yourself a timer...


...and get started 馃挭



At the end of that 15 mins you may want to stop.


OR now you're over that hurdle of getting going, you may find you can motor on.


At the very least, you've done 15 mins more than you would have done otherwise...



So if you find your motivation low, or you're procrastinating over something, set yourself a 15 min timer.


(And if you really want to get stuff done and you're already feeling motivated:


set a timer for 45 mins, then time a mandatory 15 min rest before you start again.


You'll be amazed at how much longer you can keep focussed if you give yourself those timed rests...)


I use this 15 min method for business admin, invoicing, and putting away the washing 馃槺


馃敟 What will you do with your 15 minutes ? 馃槂




2. 鉁达笍 WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO? 鉁达笍


2 years ago today, my 4 year old daughter pressed 鈥減ublish鈥 on my shiny new website.


Kirsten Goodwin Coaching was born.



A year before that, I was trying to work out what I wanted to do when my daughter started school 馃し鈥嶁檧锔



When I looked back at my years of senior management in the Civil Service, the thing I was proudest of was not...


馃殧 travelling in Tony Blair鈥檚 motorcade


馃嚞馃嚙 or representing the UK at international negotiations.