I like formulas. I have books of them for making recipes in the kitchen, stacks of them for business application and years of handwritten notes documenting the formulas that work in every aspect of daily life. So when I stumbled across a formula for eliminating procrastination, I just had to give it a try.
It’s called (10+2)*5
Here is how it works. . .
(10+2)*5 – Dedicate ten minutes toward the completion of a task – It must be a task that can’t be completed in ten minutes, but rather moved forward.
(10+2)*5 – Now take two minutes to reward yourself by doing what ever you want. I.e. coffee break, surf the web etc. When the two minutes are up, go to work on the next task you have been delaying.
(10+2)*5 – Now complete this process four more times (five in total) for one hour’s worth of pure sense of accomplishment by starting or moving forward that which has been eluding your focused attention.
- Use an egg timer
- Tasks do not need to be finished, but rather moved forward
- Don’t skip breaks
- Doing this first thing in the morning increases the sense of accomplishment that carries for the day
This technique comes from one of my favorite blogs 43 Folders
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