|This is the IKEA dude.|
Quite a few years ago I attended a success conference where someone (no idea who) talked about time management. They made reference to IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad and his approach to success.
Apparently one secret to the IKEA success is time. The ability to have lots of it and to make the most of it.
Let me explain ...
We tend to create our to-do lists based on the next 24 hours. Or perhaps in a work setting we base it on the next 8 hours.
Ingvar Kamprad divides his days into sections of 10 minutes.
His philosophy is that if you give yourself an hour to get a task done you will take an hour. If you give yourself 10 minutes to get the same task done you will do it in 10 minutes.
This approach to creating results has stuck with me. As I juggle so many projects across so many roles I have learned that I can achieve a hell of a lot in just 10 minutes.
A man like Ingvar Kamprad, the head of a multi billion dollar empire, would have a lot of networking and management to do. Yet he still needs time to actually do the things he needs to do that set his business apart from the pack. He still needs the time to contribute to the innovation of the business. So he gives himself just 10 minutes to power through emails and return phone calls, then can spend the next 50 minutes doing another 5 tasks chunked down into 10 minute intervals. Then an hour later he's back to doing another 10 minutes worth of follow up.
I've tested this theory and it works.
When I'm at my busiest I schedule my day to the nearest 10 minutes. Whether it be home, business, mum duties.
We'll use home as an example.
If I need to clean the bathrooms I will give myself 10 minutes to get it done. Surprisingly I can clean two bathrooms and vacuum the lounge room in 10 minutes if I have to. If I give myself half an hour to do it, I will take the full half hour.
Yesterday I drove home from Goulburn in the morning to quickly change and get ready for work. I had only 10 minutes turn around time. In that 10 minutes I was able to say hi to the hubster and our lad as they headed to work and school, unpack my bag from 4 days of travel, change my clothes, curl my hair, take my washing to the laundry and put on a load. If I had half an hour I would have taken half an hour.
Imagine if you got a phone call from the in-laws to say they were in the area and thought they'd pop in for a cuppa. Imagine if the house looked like a bomb had gone off. How quickly could you tidy the place in the 10 minutes you had spare before their arrival?
The reality is we can get a lot done in a short amount of time when we have no choice.
Imagine how much we could fit into our day if we chunked it down into 10 minute sections of action. Imagine how much down time we could schedule ourselves! 10 minutes on, 50 minutes off.
Time is our most precious resource.
There is so much we could do in just 10 minutes.
Do you make the best use of your time?
What could you get done in 10 minutes?
Care to take the IKEA challenge?
Interesting fact: Ever wondered where the name IKEA came from? It's made up from the initials of Ingvar Kamprad's name, plus the initial of their family property and the initial of the nearest town where he grew up.