Up until know we have been writing things down, outlining our vision, and figuring out how to tackle our to-do list. Yesterday we learned to substitute huge tasks with small beginning subtasks in order to build some momentum. This is great for getting off your butt and on task. However, what really sets high achievers apart is the ability to avoid distractions in order to focus on accomplishing the things that matter. I have a hard time focusing for very long – my mind is always jumping ahead and I find myself thinking about something that excites me more than the task at hand. Recently I came across another life hack for tackling the attention issue. It’s called (10+2)*5.
Who it’s for
• the easily distracted
• compulsive web-surfers
• people with a long list of very short tasks
• people having trouble chipping away at very large tasks
How it works
• 10 – Work for ten minutes with single-minded focus on moving toward completion on a single task. Ten minutes, and that’s all you’re allowed to do is work, work, work. No cheating, because (DING!) you actually get a break when you’re done…
• 2 – After ten minutes of sweaty, dedicated work you get a 2-minute break to do whatever you want—drink coffee, check Facebook, call your momma, whatever. When the two minutes are up, it’s back to workon the next task on your list. This is important.
• *5 – You’re going to iterate this four more times for a total of one hour’s working/breaking
• You do not need to finish your task or your project in ten minutes; you just need to move it forward
• If you finish a satisfying amount of work in fewer than ten minutes, STOP, and go right to your 2-minute break, than start another 10-minute dash
• Do NOT skip breaks! You are not allowed. Breaks cannot be missed. Period.
“(10+2)*5” can be adapted in any number of ways (change any of the three numerals to your liking). Set your rules, follow your rules, and keep moving forward. Snap that procrastination by slipping your work through the back door.
Now go take a break – then come back and give this a shot on one of your major tasks today.