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Close Open Loops

Close Open Loops

Even if it goes against the most popular time management approaches, consider starting your day with working on tasks that are energy-sucking.

Take advantage of your most productive time of the day and force yourself to delegate it, delete it, or complete it. Once all of these open loops are closed, move on to the most important tasks of the day. 


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Places That Spark Creativity

Places That Spark Creativity

Similar to Steve Jobs's approach of holding walking meetings to get the creative juices flowing, try to go to an offsite place that inspires you to be creative and focused.


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Get the Ripple Perspective

Get the Ripple Perspective

When you have a task that you don't enjoy, dedicate a few minutes to write down:

  • How the task fits into the bigger picture.
  • The impact on other people, dependent tasks, and clients.
  • How the task fits into your goals.
  • The long-term worst-c...


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Find An Accountability Partner

Find An Accountability Partner

Imagine how you could transform your relationship with your vendors for example (accountant, lawyer, employees, etc.) by becoming accountability partners.


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Follow Through

Follow Through

Make follow-through a core value by developing an image of yourself as someone who follows through:

  • Promote your core value of follow-through to others. It will become much harder to not follow through.
  • Practice following through on all of your small commitments. These small ac...


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Use the Chameleon Effect

Use the Chameleon Effect

When you lack motivation, sit next to a focused co-worker you don't know that well. This will help you because:

  • You feed off the other person's concentration: we tend to copy the posture, gestures, facial behaviors of people around us.
  • You'll try to be a good role model:...


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Do it especially when you know you're going to procrastinate. This means:

  • That you have to decide what you're going to do. Be clear about the timing of your tasks.
  • That you have to plan when and where you're going to do it.


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Take a Daily 15-Minute

Take a Daily 15-Minute

Studies show that taking a walk (especially where there's nature involved) helps restore our brain's ability to block distractions because it allows our mind to wander.

Counterintuitively, mental fatigue isn't caused by the exhaustion of the part of our brain that focuses. It is actually...


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Work Out Before Hard Decisions

Work Out Before Hard Decisions

A consistent exercise regimen has a significant positive impact on willpower.

When you have a tough choice to make and execute, go to the gym for 30 minutes in order to get your heart rate up and feel more energized. 


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Reconnect With Your Purpose

Reconnect With Your Purpose

When you lack motivation, take some time to visualize the parts of your work that inspire you the most. 

Studies show that having a purpose leads to being happier at work, which leads to being more productive. If you do something you love, you'll have a reservoir of vitality to dr...


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When you put others first, you teach them that you come second.

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Close loops in your head

"Open loops" are all those tasks that you've had on your mind for weeks, months or even years that are still not completed. They quietly drain a lot of energy out of you by taking up space in your subconscious.

Take an hour, day, or week to close the loop and do that thing.

12. Being Busy Instead of Effective

Busy time doesn’t bring you closer to your goals, making you feel anxious and unsettled - maximize the productive time.

Time management tips:

Your brain struggles to store open loops

Open loops act as a drag on your attention. It pops up at the wrong time, or leave you worried that there's something you're forgetting.

If you store them somewhere else, then your brain can stop struggling to keep them, and you'll find yourself more focus...


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