Follow the ‘10 minutes more’ rule to resist distraction


  1. When you feel distracted or have an urge to turn to a distraction, force yourself to work or wait for 10 minutes before giving in to whatever the urge is. 
  2. If you’re still craving it after 10 minutes, then have it - or wait 10 more minutes.
    You’ve survived the first ten minutes – why not challenge yourself to have another round? This builds your discipline, and you may end up being more productive for a longer time. 
  3. Keep trying for 10 minutes more.
    At some point, your momentum may carry you for hours.
  4. Notice that your self-discipline and productivity are growing. 
    You’re becoming more immune to temptation and distraction.


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