[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.
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)
Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it – Unknown
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
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
- 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)
Like I said, this was kinda rushed so lemme know what you think.
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