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When you’re in concentration mode, you need a way to quickly record and store any passing thoughts that are important but unrelated to your current project.
Consistent time tracking keeps you honest about your own productivity and reveals opportunities for improvement.
If you discover that you’re spending too much ...
Resist the pressure to multi-task, which will leave you feeling scattered and with your powers of concentration spread thin.
This productivity technique combines single-tasking with a built-in reward system.
Set an alarm for 25 minutes and work on a specific task without stopping. Wh...
If you require an organized desktop to function at your best, take a few minutes at the end of each day to clean up any clutter and prepare your workspace for the following day.
Compile everything you’ll need to complete your task before you start working.
Every time you stop working to retrieve some missing items, you lose focus. A fe...
There’s nothing more satisfying than crossing an item off your to-do list early in the day.
Start each day by accomplishing an easy but necessary task, like finish...
On the other hand, the best time to knock off an unpleasant task is first thing in the morning.
In the words of 18th-century French writer Nicolas Chamfort, "Swal...
When you approach big, complicated tasks without breaking them into bite-sized pieces, it’s natural to
A to-do list is always a work in progress. Every time you add a new item to the list, reevaluate your overall priorities.
Assess each pending task by the deadline, i...
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We’re more likely to get something done when we take a moment to think about why it matters to us personally.
Intrinsic goals are motivated by values meaningful to you, such as growth and relationships. These are much more motivating than extrinsic goals—efforts motivated by money, status, or other external factors.
To get something done, it helps to get very specific about what we’ll do and when we’ll do it.
Setting simple implementation intentions as part of a when-then plan make people as much as three times more likely to achieve their goals.
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Your to-do list can be a tool that guides you through your work, or it can be a big fat pillar of undone time bombs taunting you and your unproductive inadequacy.
If the instructions are c...
Instead of letting tasks you're not quite committed to loiter on your to-do list until you're sick of looking at them, move them off to a separate list, a holding area for Someday/Maybe items.
Only concrete actions you're committed to completing should live on your to-do list.
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Trying to get work done uses the same principle as running: You have to pace yourself. Runners that sprint at the beginning will be tired out long before they reach the finish line.
After you finish your daily list, you don't work on more projects or tasks. After you complete the weekly list, you're done for the week.
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