Secrets of the Universe: Rule 36

Stop focusing on doing things perfectly and instead simply focus on doing things period.

-Dominic Mann


You will get down more down out of habit than willpower. That is the golden rule of success.

-Jason Kondrath

What is the mathematical formula to solve Procrastination???

(10×3) + (3×2) = 36 Rule

You sit down, get a timer and set it for 10 minutes, and work with single-minded focus until the timer rings after ten minutes, and you do this for 3 times total. Which equal 30 minutes total.
But in between each 10 minute block you take a 3 minute break.
Three 10 minute sessions, with a 3 minute break in-between.

What do I do during the 3 minute break?

As soon as you start working, especially during the “planning” stages of a project, you immediately get distracted by something else, something that you probably planned to do earlier. It’s a automatic psychological trick of the mind to do something easier instead.
Have a paper and pen, handy near the time and write these things that pop up, these distractions, with the intention that you plan to do them, after you finish your three sessions.

Wait the entire three minutes, even if only one thing pops up.


As soon as you wake up in the morning, have everything already set up on your desk, the (kitchen) timer, the pen, and paper. They have an app for everything now, but it’s still better to use a mechanical timer, and a psychical pen and paper as opposed to “Notepad,” or “Microsoft Word.”


The formula is the brainchild of Merlin Mann at “43 Folders” (, the “(10+2)x5”method as stated in the book “17 Anti-Procrastination Hacks: How to Stop Being Lazy, Overcome Procrastination, and Finally Get Stuff Done.” By Dominic Mann
I modified, the formula and stripped down the content, distilling the most practical information into the information listed above so that it worked for me.