Open-ended tasks

Open-ended tasks are any tasks that don't have a definite endpoint. Activities like "studying", "working" or "tweaking" waste your time and cause procrastination. "I should really study" is open-ended because it does not have a specific to-do list to learn the material.

A solution is to close all the ends. Set up specific to-do lists which outlines your tasks on what needs to be done. When the to-do list is completed, you stop.

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Relax Without Feeling Lazy: Kill Open Loops | Scott H Young

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When you have countless open loops in your life, you will never be able to relax.

  • Define exactly what you need to do. In blogging, it could be getting a certain traffic volume or sustaining a certain posting rate.
  • Define exactly what you will commit to. There will always be more to do. Close the ends by defining the amount you are willing to commit to.
  • Define exactly the tasks that need to be done. Make a to-do list for each day and week.
  • When you've finished, stop and enjoy your time off.

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Once some people complete their to-do list, they add more work. This is a dangerous move that can sabotage your productivity.
Sources of open loops:

  • Studying. Do you have a specific list of learning activities, or do you just "study"?
  • Exercising. Do you follow a workout, or do you just exercise?
  • Work. Do you work from 9-5, or do you finish a list?
  • Writing. Do you write in hours, or number of words?
  • Communication. Do you speak when it's important, or just of fill dead air?

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