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.
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Either [our goals are] about doing more of something good, or they’re about doing less of something bad.
Goals framed in a positive, constructive way are more powerful than “avoidance goals” in leading us to become more productive.
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.
You’ll get more stuff done when you break your bigger daily goals into bite-sized chunks.
In practice, you’re basically breaking an item on your to-do list down into many mini ones. This makes it feel as though your goals are more within reach.
When you tell yourself to do something, make it an order.
An item such as "Acme account checkup" doesn't tell you what has to be done. Make your to-do's specific actions, such as "Phone Rob at Acme re: Q2 sales."
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 finishing a reading assignment or returning a phone call.
Look over your to-do list and assign every task a value, such as a dollar-per-hour amount that you might have to pay someone else to do it. Score tasks from $10 per hour for administrative tasks up to $10,000 per hour for high-level strategy and sales-related tasks.
By giving dollar-per-hour values to specific tasks, you ensure you use your resources correctly.