Don’t consider a project as an entirety, just focus on the next small task involved in making some progress.
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It involved setting out a 60-minute period and focusing on work.
First, set a timer on your computer or watch or phone for 10 minutes. For 10 minutes you can work on the given task, with no distractions.
When the 10 minutes is up, take a 2-minute brain break, then back to work.
Have a useful to-do list, where you only write down the very next actions. This way you can move through it quickly.
Use deadlines as a motivator, whether someone else sets them for you or you set them yourself, create a consequence for things that aren’t done.
Instead of giving up on work altogether, shift your focus to easy, simple tasks that still need to be done but won’t take up much brain power. Whether it be returning a phone call, reading some emails or even just tidying your desk.
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Decide what the smallest, most doable next step is. Then list all the next steps with a deadline for each.
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