As a subscriber to Zen Habits, I was challenged to kick procrastination's butt this month.
Here's the deal:
Commit publicly (on social media, to your friends, family and coworkers, however you want) to doing this every day for the rest of this month. (check.)
Each day, spend just 5 minutes doing an Unprocrastination Session (see next step).
Pick an important task to focus on, clear away all distractions, set a timer for 5 minutes, and do nothing but that task. (I use e.ggtimer)
You cannot switch tasks during this session. You cannot check on something real quick. You cannot get up to clean something. You can only sit there, with that one task, and either focus on the task or sit there and do nothing.
When you get the urge to switch tasks, don’t switch. Just stay with the urge. Watch it, let it surge, then let it fade. Return to your task.
When the timer goes off, success! You can keep going if you want, or take a break and go again, but neither is necessary. Just 5 minutes a day is all that’s required for success.
Yes, even do your 5-minute sessions on the weekend. Pick a personal project to focus on during those days if you like.