How to Beat Procrastination: The (10+2)*5 Rule
A great productivity hack for procrastinators and people with a long list of very short tasks.
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Over the course of an hour, you‘ll put in 50 minutes of work.
But because you only need to commit to 10 minutes at a time (and you know you‘re guaranteed a break soon), it can make larger commitments feel less daunting.
You need a timer that is easy to reset and a reduced subset of your to-do list with tasks that can be worked on (not necessarily completed) in blocks of 10 minutes or less.
How it works:
#1 10 Minutes of Work
Work for ten minutes with a single-minded focus on moving toward the completion of a single task.
#2 2 Minute Break
After ten minutes you get a 2-minute break to do whatever you want.
When the two minutes are up, it’s back to work on the next task on your list.
#3 Rinse and Repeat
Repeat #1 and #2 four more times for a total of one hour’s working/breaking.