Reward yourself

Reward yourself

Make sure to treat yourself to something you really enjoy, after you finish working on your tasks.

Giving yourself something to look forward to will motivate you to start working. And most times you'll find that once you start, it will get easier to keep going.

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Time Management

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Break down tasks

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.

A mental warm up

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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Fill the well

This well is the place you take all your ideas (no matter how abstract they are) and get them stored as actual information, so they can be used. 

Get your ideas into a recorded state. Doing this over time means your idea well becomes both parts of your brain and a physical extension of it. Use a notepad, Pinterest or any place you find suitable.

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Delegate or Outsource Tasks
  • Find to the right person: he should have all the necessary skills and is capable of doing the job
  • Provide clear instructions: write down the tasks in a step-by-step manual be as specific as possible
  • Define success: be specific about what the expected outcome is and the deadline to have the task completed
  • Clarity: have the tasks explained back to you and offer clarification when something is unclear, rewriting the specifications if needed
Busy doesn't mean productive

Busy work makes you feel like you are moving quickly and being productive in the process. But the truth is you are not.

When you're busy, you're more likely to make poor time-management choices : for example, taking on commitments you can't handle, or prioritizing trifling tasks over crucial ones.

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