Web-Jewels And The (10+2)*5 Procrastination Hack

by ToriDeaux on May 20, 2007

There’s so much great old stuff floating around the blogosphere. </cue wistful sigh>

These still glittering web-jewels need new people (like us!) to wander around and bring it all back to the surface.

Ah, it feels so good to be needed…

Anyway, I found this oddly titled procrastination hack via David Seah’s series on the development of the Emergent Task Planner . He led me to adaptation of his work called ShredTracker, on Lori Linstruth’s blog, PlayLikeAGirl. I loved Lori’s guitar goddess attitude, so I wandered around a bit before following her link back to 43 Folders and the (10+2)*5 procrastination hack.

This was the end of my journey, and my excuse for this rambling post.

Mind you, I actually subscribe to 43 Folders. In theory, I should have found this hack on my own.

But the article in question was posted in October of 2005, and even though there’s tons of great stuff on 43 folders, I rarely go through their archives.

So if it weren’t for David Seah, I’d have never discovered Lori Linstruth. And if it weren’t for Lori Linstruth, I might never have found this particular procrastination hack from 43 Folders, and the value and effectiveness of my life would have been forever diminished.

Ain’t the blogosphere wonderful?

</cue violins>

</drama mode: OFF>

(Sorry about that. I do get carried away. Back to the tweaking.)

The gist of the “hack” is this:

Pick up a handy dandy timer thingy, and set it for 10 minutes.

Work on the dreaded task straight through for 10 minutes, but ONLY 10 minutes.

At the end of ten minutes, hit your timer again, this time for 2 minutes.

Take a 2 minute break. Do whatever.

Repeat 5 Times.

You can fiddle with the numbers if you like.. When I’m writing, I’d probably do better with (5 + 5) *5 or something.

The idea is that while you may not have the discipline to tackle a dreaded task all at once.. you probably have the discipline to tackle it for five or ten minutes at a time. After a while, you’ll find your momentum and wind up skipping breaks.. but you should avoid that for as long as you can — until the breaks truly become aggravating.

It reminds me a lot of the forced free-write methods I worked with, years ago… Remind me to blog about those sometime, will you? Awesome technique, both for writing and mind tweaking.

If you want to read more about the 10+2*5 method, here’s the link again.. ’cause I’m in a linking kind of mood: Procrastination hack: “(10+2)*5”

MindTWEAK: See Ma, I TOLD you web-wandering wasn’t a waste of time!

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1 Logesh kumar 05.15.10 at 9:35 pm

An iphone app with the same name ((10+2)*5 procrastination hack makes easier for us to implement this technique practically.
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