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Essentially, you need to set aside a fixed period of short time, avoid interruptions and focus on the task in hand. This is a good way of getting things started or making progress.
That's it! The whole book is padded around this one good idea. If being efficient with your time is your aim, don't waste it reading the bland and uninspiring anecdotes that fill is book.
So, in summary, take a task you don't want to do and spend 15 minutes starting it... if you feel you can continue, then do so in 15 minute segments. If you want to stop, then OK. Do another 15 minutes another time.
Such a simple idea - why didn't I think of it before? Hmm...
I paid 99p for it, so I'm not too upset. I notice the price is currently over £5. If I'd paid that much I would feel a bit of a mug having shelled out so much for so little.
Nearly all the advice can be found in other self-help books, plus the inspirational quotes are ones that have been used many times before. It has quite an upbeat feel and promises a great deal about fulfilling potential etc.
The technique itself is a bit like Pomodoro-Lite. You can find details of this technique free on the web.
Basically this is what you need to know:
1) Buy yourself a kitchen timer.
2) Decide what you are going to tackle - the writer uses an example of doing a tax return
3) Make sure you don't need to go to the loo or are desperate to have a cup of tea or make an urgent 'phone call.
4) Set timer for 15 minutes
5) Sit down and Focus completely on task for 15 minutes and STOP when timer goes off.
6) Go off and do something else
7) Keep repeating in 15 minute blocks and you will retrain yourself to get things done.
The idea is that you can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes.
The good thing is - it only cost me 99p and I don't have to look at it on my shelf - I can just delete it from my kindle.
(The reviewer who gave the book 1 star was suspicious of the 5 star reviews, because it was their first review.
This is also my first review.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book for those who procrastinate! There was a very small but tiresome job I kept putting off because I thought it would take over half an hour, and I just... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sonic
Still reading it, I like it, getting my motivation going.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best books that I have ever read.
If you set a timer, you would be surprised at just how much can be done in 15 minutes.
I love this strategy. Read more
As a perfectionist and deep thinker, I have often wrestled with completion of actions in a timely manner. This has had a significant impact on both my home and work life. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2015 by Paul Gleave