Making a dash
I came across this good idea over at 43 Folder, a "Getting Things Done" information site. Funny enough, I have been doing almost exactly this type of thing without having a name to apply to it. Focus on a particular task for a given number of minutes or items. I know that I find myself working well beyond the self-imposed time limit once I get started.
43 Folders - Kick procrastination's ass: Run...
Procrastination can drive most of us into a spiral of shame that's as mundane as it is painfully personal. We know what we should be doing, but some invisible hang-up keeps us on the line. Unfortunately, the guaranteed consequence of procrastination is growth in the scale of the task you've been putting off -- as well as the anxiety that it creates. All the time you're putting something off, your problem's getting bigger -- both in reality and in your head, where your colorful imagination is liable to turn even the most trivial item into an unsolvable juggernaut that threatens to overwhelm you. And that means extra stress, more procrastination, and the music goes round.