“The longer I live, them more I am certain that the great difference between men, between the feeble and the powerful, between the great and the insignificant, is energy -invincible determination- a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.”
(Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton)
One of the best techniques for overcoming procrastination and getting more things done faster is for you to start work by doing your most difficult task first.
You develop this habit by following these steps: First, at the end of your workday, or on the weekend, you make a list of everything you have to do the next day.
You then review this list using the ABCDE Method, combined with the 80/20 Rule.
You then select your A-1, most important task, the job that has the most serious potential consequences if you get it done or leave it undone.
You assemble everything you need to start and finish this job and lay it out ready for you to start work in the morning.
You clear your workspace completely so that you have this one, most important task, like a big frog, sitting on your desk waiting for you in the morning.
You then discipline yourself to get up, get ready and then walk in, sit down and start on your most difficult task, without interruptions, before you do anything else.
You do this repeatedly, every day for 21 days until it becomes a habit. With this discipline, you will literally double your productivity in less than a month.
Starting first thing in the morning with your biggest and most important task is the opposite of what most people do. This discipline breaks you of the habit of procrastination and puts your future squarely in your own hands.
Starting with your most difficult job, or piece of the job, gives you a jump start on the day. As a result you’ll be more energized and productive from then on.
On the days when you launch immediately into your top job, you will feel better about yourself and your work than on any other day.
You will personally feel more powerful, more effective, more in control and more in charge of your life than at any other time.
Develop the habit of doing the most difficult task first and you’ll never look back. You’ll become one of the most productive people of your generation.
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