Thursday morning I wrote about a new TED-Ed lesson that explains why we procrastinate. The lesson also offers some suggestions for breaking the habit of procrastination. One such suggestion is to journal how you feel about a task you would rather avoid. To this end, I suggested trying Focusable.
I’ve been using Focusable since September. I use it whenever there’s a project or even just a list of small tasks that for some reason I’m having trouble getting started on. It’s a simple program that works remarkably well.
The principle of Focusable is that you can do anything for five minutes. Based on this idea, Focusable gives you a brief breathing exercise to do, then a five-minute timer appears. Your goal is to work for five minutes on that thing you’re avoiding. After you’ve worked for five minutes, Focusable plays a small chime and prompts you to record a small video diary of how you felt while working. Then the process repeats, but the second time you work for ten minutes. Then the process repeats for twenty minutes.
Watch my updated video which is embedded below to see how Focusable works.