It worked very well for a first attempt. What you need is a stop watch - I have one on my phone - you can download one for free on any smart phone. Pick any project that you need to work on and commit to working on different parts of it for 10 minutes each for 1 hour. Start your 10 minute timer and be sure that it has a beeper at the 10 minute mark.
I did this earlier today and I got a lot done. What was interesting was how many times I would start to veer off the project into something completely off track. But because I was committed to the project for 1 hour in 10 minute increments, I would stop and get back on track. I love being productive!!
I also have a 3 time straighten method when my desk or any area gets really messy. When I get up, I pick up 3 things and put them up. This is a great way to keep any area neat because you can do it as you are moving around in your office, lobby, or conference room. It also works great at home. It doesn't always work for my desk, so in that case, I just make one big pile and go through the pile. At least I have a clear space to work from. It's energizing when the piles are gone and I can actually see the surface of my desk.
I need to practice the 10 minute hour more often. I only did it once today. I was going to start it 40 minutes ago and I ended up writing this blog to share it with you. No problem, I love having a new technique to practice.
What about you - do you have any techniques that help you to stay focused?