30 Minutes of Pure Focus at a Time

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  1. 30-10 sounds good to me. I usually work for hours on end. The problem with that is that I often feel like I cannot get started if I don’t have a huge chunk of time to commit to the task. Maybe if I attempted 30-10 I’d have less trouble getting started. Thanks :)

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    1. I have friends who are like that too. They feel like if they don’t have the whole day to devote to a task they will not start at all. This results in tasks going unfinished for sometimes weeks! Every day they feel like they just don’t have the time :/

      If you do try the 30-10 hack let me know if it works better for you.

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  2. I work as a freelancer, so your day sounds like my everyday battle. I get things done by doing some version of 30-10. Sometimes I trick myself into an hour of working, usually less, at a time. I can often get more done in that focused time than in several hours.

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    1. I’ve read that freelancers have to be very good at time management. I thought about working toward being a freelance writer but I’m not sure I’m that great of a self starter, but maybe with practice?

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  3. Sometimes you get paid in better ways than money. It is definitely time to take a break from work & focus on you. This sounds like a really hard challenge for someone like me 30-10? hmmmm my brain is already arguing with itself over the idea ha

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    1. I did well with the 30-10 thing yesterday, not so much today though. My brain was arguing too :) Thanks for the nomination. Maybe after I’ve caught up on some posts here I’ll dedicate a post to it. I can’t promise though :/

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  4. I too want to try this 30/10 hack! I used to work like that in university in the first few years. I do find I need a block of time to get stuff done, so a few hours of 30/10 would work wonders for me, I think. Thanks for sharing, hope it works well for you!

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    1. It worked well yesterday but sticking to it was hard today. I was tired and lacked the will power needed to stay off of social media. I will give it another real try tomorrow :)

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      1. You should try an application like AntiSocial! There are free versions of it – you can choose which sites to block, and how long you want to block them. You just hit start and you won’t be able to access the sites for the amount of time you chose. It’s what I use to be productive :)

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  5. I have tried a very similar method (25/5) that has worked great for me for certain tasks. If it’s a task I really have no passion for (I find if I already have passion for the task that I don’t really want to take the break after 25 minutes of focus lol), but it needs to get done, this method forces me to focus on the task. I find this method extremely useful as long as I have a long-term focus (I write about the difference between long and short-term focus here: https://forwardjourneyblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/day/) in mind before starting the timer. As long as each 25 (or 30 in your case :P) minute interval is used to focus on a task that aligns well with my overall goals, this method becomes invaluable to my productivity! :D

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    1. I really like this method but it will take some getting used to. I thought about 25/5 but 5 minutes didn’t feel like a long enough break. I use the break to take care of other items on my to do lists such as phone calls, emails, chores around the house, stuff that takes more than 5 minutes. I do like the way it splits the hour evenly in half though…..hm now I have to think about this :)

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    1. One task at a time is good but I have a hard time with tasks that are long term or require many steps. My mind works better if I know that “I must do this thing until the timer goes off and then i can do other things that are not this thing”. Two tasks or more at a time doesn’t really work for me because I end up forgetting about one of the tasks and working more on the other.

      If you do try the 30/10 hack let me know how it goes please :)

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  6. As a student I did 60minutes work 10 minutes break until I had 2 or 3 hours of work and then took a 2 hour break (lunch or something else) and the. Started again. Now I have a toddler and it is a lot lot harder to organise my time.

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    1. 60 minutes?? I doubt I could focus for that long, but who knows maybe if I keep this up I can stretch the work time out and eventually get up to an hour of uninterrupted work. One day….

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