Hot-Seat Sessions

[Read Time >> 3 mins] If you’ve got your hand stuck on a stove and then you feel it slowly heating up, I would think at that time you’re not very concerned about tonight’s dinner.

Hot-Seat sessions are about getting in and out as fast as possible, minus the complaints. It brings into the mix an immensely powerful motivating emotion: URGENCY

That’s the “gotta finish fast” feeling.

You see, most of the time urgency comes externally, like outside of ourselves. So things like deadlines at work, due date for assignment, exams, mom tells you to etc.

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Hot-Seat sessions are especially good for something YOU want done because you want it done, not because someone told you to do it. For example, I’m using this right now to write this article (more on that in a bit)

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Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it – Unknown

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These hot-seat sessions have been useful for me when I don’t feel like doing things. So I want to just somehow get it to completion. Here’s some insight…

2 Tools you can use to build that ‘artificial’ urgency:

1 – Time clock

Either a physical one like a kitchen timer, cell phone countdown thing, alarm clock or whatever to keep you on the edge.

Or desktop count-down timer if you’re on the computer

Here’s one that I use once in a while: www.online-stopwatch.com

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2 – Power Down

Initially when I started this article I thought I was being clever to relax outside on the patio and try to finish this by the time my laptop died…unfortunately it died after 2 paragraphs (I wouldn’t recommend that, it’s very annoying if you’re in the zone)

But I was determined to write this article only in a Hot-Seat session. So right now I’m on the way to downtown Toronto, in the car with my sister and brother-in-law, and I will finish it by the time we reach our destination. (inshaAllah)

The Power Down strategy is to make use of your time while in-between things. Like finishing the battery, on the way somewhere, by ___ salah time, cleaning your desk while on hold, or something like that. Finish it in that time or do your best and then stop working on that

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Summary:

  • Hot-Seat sessions are about bringing a task to completion with a sense of urgency
  • You’d use something like a Time Clock or “Power Down” tool so you have some kind of self-imposed deadline
  • Ex. I planned to write this article while on route to downtown Toronto (Power Down) and got it done by the time we reached (Urgency to finish)

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Like I said, this was kinda rushed so lemme know what you think.

If you liked it and want more…then just comment with “More” below

38 thoughts on “Hot-Seat Sessions

  1. Unfortunately my plan didn’t work fully as planned

    I was writing this in the car, feeling good, almost done…until the battery ran out on my laptop!
    So I just did the summary part after getting home.

  2. Assalamu alaykum

    I loved the article. I think I use some of what you mentioned naturally, but with conscious effort I could add in more. Thanks for the great online stop watch / countdown link!

  3. Assalamualaikum,

    MashaAllah very nice techniques. I will try this out since I have a difficult time getting things done. JazakAllah khair.

  4. Salaam,

    great idea. It’s funny, these past two weekends, I attended an AlMaghrib course and for the breaks, they used the online stopwatch on the projector. 🙂
    Even a big organization benefits from these strategies Alhamdulillah.

  5. Assalamu alaikum,

    Creating that artificial urgency is definately something I could work on, it’s amazing how much I was able to do in a short period of time in the last semestre of college with the urgency of graduating. Good reminders and I like how you keep a lot of your content both consice and impactful, masha’Allah.

  6. wa alaikum assalaam warahmatullah

    @Umm Amin I really liked it when I found it too, you know there’s option to download it for your desktop too.

    A good use is to count up and see how much time you spend/waste on things

    @Sana Jazakallahukhair, hope you benefit from it

    @Amany Ya!

  7. wa alaikum assalaam warahmatullah

    @Jawaad Ahmad Khan Awesome. y’know Jawaad the coincidental thing’s that I went to an AlKauthar course past weekend and they used a countdown during breaks sometimes.

    @Bassem I see what you mean, especially exam times (I’m in it now…) things get done.

    Jazakallahukhair for the comment Bassem, InshaAllah it stays concise and impactful.

  8. Asalaam o alykum
    jazakALlah br Nahyan, i love reading ur articles because theyre so real..lol, i mean that they remind me of things that i have to do and they motivate me alhamdulilah. so just want to thank you for the motivation. better go and work on my stuff 🙂

  9. This is good! I was looking forward to your end result. I’ll put it to practice insha’Allah. I think this would fit my style perfectly!

  10. I really love the idea of “Artifical Urgency” I think it will inshaAllah will be really usefull.

    Especally for me, who most of the time don’t feel like doing things :d

  11. @maryam wa’alaikum assalaam. It’s good to know i’m keepin it real 🙂

    @nobo Yea, this was the fruit of that car ride. I got a small headache though afterward.

    Muslima :

    Especally for me, who most of the time don’t feel like doing things :d

    Oh don’t we all…

  12. Sallams, thank you. I think the countdown definately works, cos it gets you more focused on the finish.

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