Doing Isn’t a HAVE To, It’s a GET To!

October 1, 2015 Posted by Linda Vettrus-Nichols - No Comments

Doing Isn’t a HAVE To, It’s a GET To!

Have you ever felt lazy? Have you ever gone over your to do list saying, “I have to do this, I have to do that?” Me too. It’s a great way for me to put myself into overwhelm. When I ask myself why do I want to be overwhelmed the word self-sabotage comes to mind. When I ask myself, “What are the benefits of self-sabotage?” The answer is, “I can hide.” No one will know I’m not perfect.” And that’s perfect, right? Whoah, that’s when I tell myself it’s time for a re-frame.

I don’t have to do something, I get to do something. Doing something is a choice. Doing something takes knowing what I want. Doing something takes getting an intention. With intention comes focus.

Multi-millionaire Suzanne Evans says she works in fifteen minute increments. She recommends using a timer. As a former Special Education teacher, I understand the value of this too. I have a Time Timer, even for myself.

The Time Timer was great for my students with A.D.H.D. to keep them on-task and focused, it was even better for my students with Autism because it could be set for silent mode. The Time Timer is a spatial timer. For example, when setting it for 15 minutes, a quarter of the clock shows up as red. In other words, it shows the amount of time set  in red. The red slowly disappears thus showing the progression of time. At the end of the 15 minutes the timer will either beep or not, depending on where the switch in the back is set. This switch is similar to an alarm clock that has an On and Off switch.

Here is a link to the Time Timer that I use: