If you focus on getting the small stuff done but not the big stuff, or switch between tasks all the time, you’ll be less effective.
Pick one important thing to focus on at a time and learn to evaluate what tasks and projects are of higher value to you.
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It's best done by focusing on the smallest first step and practicing just launching into that.
Pick the tiniest first step, and launch into it.
Pick a short interval (10 minutes, 15, 20, or 25) and practice focusing on one task during that session, until the timer goes off.
Then take a break, and try another focus session.
It's a great skill for keeping yourself focused and Getting Stuff Done. Choose a to-do program, put your tasks in the to-do list and every day just pick a few to focus on.
And at the beginning and the end of each day step back and taking a look at the overall picture, to adjust your plan and refocus.
Don't worry about perfectionism, just get the task done. Then go back and revise.
But don’t overthink it, just focus on doing.
It means not blaming others for your difficulties in getting things done.
Recognizing the obstacles but taking responsibility for finding a way, or accepting what needs to be accepted, or recognizing your part in the dynamic you’ve created.
Communicate clearly and honestly, so that everyone is clear on responsibilities and boundaries and consequences of not honoring those responsibilities and boundaries.
Having a minimal structure is good. You can adjust over time:
How will you start your day so that you’ll work on the important stuff? How will you do your focus sessions so you won’t be too distracted? How will you review your day so that you’ll learn from what happened? How will you create accountability?
This leaves you to make room on your calendar for discussions that exhilarate you.
When what you spend your time on is congruent with your interests and values, progress feels conveniently close.