Every now and then most of us have days when we get very little done despite sitting in front of the computer for several hours. Sometimes it's hard to focus on work. Should you simply give up on those days? Nope. It may not be your most productive day ever but you should strive to complete a task or two. How? Try the (10+2)*5 time management technique. I save this for when I'm truly desperate - and it works.
Here's how to do it: Pull out your trusty timer and apply the (10+2)*5 formula.
- 10: Work for ten minutes on one task. You must have single-handed focus and do nothing but work during these 10 minutes.
- 2: After the ten minutes you get a 2 minute break to do whatever you'd like. Set the timer and stick to it.
- When those 2 minutes are up you're back to work for another ten minutes.
- *5: Complete this cycle five times and you've completed an hour's worth of work. Success!
Should you work this way on a daily basis. Probably not, but it's a great way to force your work into small enough chunks that you can focus.
The Pomodoro Technique is a similar strategy that's worth a look.