When I just can't get motivated, I turn to my 10-minute task list

10-minute task list Aug 14, 2022
10-minute task list

We all have days when we can't get motivated and end up saying; I can't get motivated. When I feel like this, I turn to my 10-minute task list. You could do this on your phone or computer. This is what I do when I feel like this:

  1. Break up things that need doing into 10-minute tasks
  2. Make a list of the 10-minute tasks
  3. Set a timer on the phone for ten minutes or use some other timer
  4. Just start any one of the tasks
  5. Stop after ten minutes
  6. Put a tick of achievement next to the task (That feels good!)
  7. Start another job for 10 minutes, or carry on with the same task
  8. Stop after ten minutes and tick that one off (more achievement)

Learning points: When there is so much to do and you can't get motivated, breaking tasks into 10-minute chunks makes managing and getting started easier. You can even build in little rewards for completing each 10-minute task.


When I can't get motivated, my 10-minute task list goes something like this:

  1. I go through my email for ten minutes removing spam
  2. Tick that off
  3. Reward myself by having a drink for ten minutes
  4. Tick that off
  5. Go back to my email and red flag the emails I need to attend to today
  6. Tick that off
  7. Reward myself for ten minutes by watching the news on TV
  8. Tick that off
  9. Go to my Trello board to-do list and put today's tasks in priority order for 10 minutes.
  10. Tick that off
  11. Choose another 10-minute task on my list and do that

and it goes on. I usually find that after 30 minutes of sticking to the 10-minute task list, I feel motivated to attempt some longer tasks for a while.

You can use any system for your to-do list; I happen to like using Trello boards.


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