Just 1 Hour.

Image of Nicole Gibbons of So Haute for The Glitter Guide

I don’t usually post on the weekends but I wanted to quickly pop in to share something with you all that’s been working for me and maybe might work for you too.

Without turning this into a long post, I’m a girl with a lot of ideas. A lot. Half of them aren’t half bad either. At least I don’t think so. Neither do my closest friends (who are often the only people I share a smidgen of my ideas with). My problem: action. Doing something with the ideas. Without going into a complete self diagnosis here on the blog, I’d say it has something to do with a fear of failure and lack of time. But lately I’ve been thinking: “Seriously, just do it. It’s now or never.” And if I don’t at least try to bring one of these ideas to fruition, I’ll never know (this is along the same line of thought before I moved to India for a year – if I don’t go now…I’ll probably never go and I’ll always wonder about it).

So for the past three days I’ve committed myself to spending 1 hour a day working on my own idea/project. Just 1 hour. I put my iPhone down not to be distracted by twitter or instagram, I close all the browser windows on my laptop, and I work – for one whole hour – on my own idea. I don’t preschedule the hour in advance (because if I end up being busy at the time then I may get discouraged), and if I have any ideas before the hour that I want to note I don’t – I wait until I know I have that one solid hour to sit down. And when that hour comes, I go. At the end of the hour, I stop. Even if I can keep going, I stop and save it for the next day. And you know what?

Shit is getting done.

Ideas are making it onto paper.

Emails are being sent.

It’s only been 3 days and my goal is to keep it going for the entire month of August – so I’ll be sure to report back in at the end of the month, but I just wanted to share this with you all in case any of you are also not getting something done that you really want to. Commit to just 1 hour a day – it doesn’t matter what hour – and at the end of the hour stop. That’s it. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you!

Happy Sunday!

  1. I love this! Thanks for sharing that tip. I too have a notebook full of ideas. And I’m often overwhelmed about where to start and where to find the time. I like this 1 hour idea. That I can do. Seriously your post just changed my whole perspective!

  2. I LOVE THIS! CAPS LOCK love it! I really really want to try to implement this in my own life. Although for me, I’d like to use it less for new ideas and more for existing projects. Besides my pay-the-bills-job, I have two writing projects not to mention my own, currently neglected, blog. Since I work from home, its sometimes hard for me to be on my computer, doing something else. I always feel like I need to check in with my virtual office, or clean up my virtual desk. But those things can wait till the morning! I’m going to jump on the train and try this out.

  3. such a great idea. whenever i didn’t want to do homework or study or clean my room my nana would tell me to put the timer on and see how much i could get done in just 20 minutes. when the timer went off i could keep going or stop, but i would almost always keep going! 🙂

  4. it really works! i can’t wait to see the results of all your hours of work at the end of august. i’ve been getting up one hour earlier to find my time and when i don’t i feel grouchy!

  5. this is a great idea. the reason I dont start a lot of things is because i feel this pressure to finish right then! If i give myself a certain time period to work each day, i think id get more done

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