Binders on a table and a woman working in the backgroundStart by setting your timer for 15 minutes. During this time you have to keep your mind completely on the task at hand. Any drifting and you have to set the timer back to 15 min and start again. This works really well for tasks that are unpleasant to do, or if you find them tedious or boring. A number of good things can come out of playing this game. It will motivate you to stay on task and you will actually make great forward strides for getting the unpleasant work done quickly. You will discover how well or poorly you are able to concentrate. And lastly, you will become keenly aware of what your distractions are.

If 15 minutes is too long or too short an increment of time, set the timer accordingly. Don’t cheat. If you get distracted by a text message, start over. If you start to daydream, start over.

Give this a try today. Can you work for 15 minutes without brain drift?