From 43 Folders comes a superb Procrastination hack: (10+2)*5
Its called “(10+2)*5” and here’s why:
* 10 – Work for ten minutes with single-minded focus on moving toward completion on a single task. Ten minutes, and that’s all you’re allowed to do is work, work, work. No cheating, because (DING!) you actually get a break when you’re done.
* 2 – After ten minutes of sweaty, dedicated work you get a 2-minute break to do whatever you want – drink coffee, read 5ives, call your bookie, whatever. When the two minutes are up, it’s back to work on the next task on your list. This is important.
* *5 – You’re going to iterate this four more times for a total of one hour’s working/breaking
It really works brilliantly.
I use spb Time on my iPaq sitting in its cradle as my timer. It has 5 times so you can set you 10 minute, 2 minute and 1 hour timers to run together and still have two spares.
I found that using timers and chunking generally are the best productivity hacks for the easily distracted.
You might also try Temptation Blocker software which is ingenious.