Leo Babauta has written a nice little ebook called Un-Procrastination. If you struggle with procrastination this is a very good resource. I’ve seen a lot of stuff written on procrastination that basically says, “I never procrastinate and here is how to be like me.” Leo is a bit more realistic and admits that sometimes he even likes to procrastinate. In spite of that he has been able to accomplish a tremendous amount of work by following the suggestions in his book.
One tip that I think is particularly helpful is to make sure you really want to do something. I’ve touched on this idea before in When Procrastination is a Good Thing.
Leo also discusses how to deal with the Internet and the distractions of feeling like you constantly need to be “updated” on what is going on. He has some excellent points and suggestions. He also recommends using what he calls the 30 10 method. You set a timer for 30 minutes and focus exclusively on your most important task. Once the time is up you give yourself 10 minutes to do whatever activity normally keeps you from getting work done like checking email, Facebook, etc.
The book is a good read and valuable. You can buy it from Zen Habits and it will be available on Amazon for the Kindle in the near future. if you buy it from Zen Habits you’ll also get the epub and Kindle version when they are ready. You’ll also get a copy of some additional resources including an interview with Tim Ferriss.