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Big tasks tend to overwhelm and demotivate us. As a result, we often don’t bother getting starting on something we want to do.
So instead of having a number of large tasks to do or one big task, just set one small task for now. This will make your work seem more manageable.
It can be difficult to go from waking up in the morning to getting yourself working right away. So give yourself a mental warm up exercise beforehand.
For example, try reading an interesting book that gets your brain going, write down your ideas or do some crossword/Sudoku puzzles.
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Develop the habit of single-tasking by forcing your brain to concentrate on one task and one task only. Put your phone away, close all the browser windows and apps that you don’t need. Immerse yourself in this task. Only move to the next one when you’re done.
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Urgent but unimportant tasks = distractions.
Urgent tasks put us into constant “reply mode.” Important work is related to planned tasks that move us closer to our goals.
Anytime you are pulled away from your tasks, it takes time to readjust to them when you jump back in (sometimes it can take up to 25 minutes).
Interruptions (notifications, loud noises, social media, checking email etc.) harm your concentration.