Get Things Done By Breaking Down Tasks To A ‘For Dummies’ Level

No matter how motivated you generally are, there are always a few tasks on your to-do list that you just don’t want to touch. Instead of putting it off forever, motivate yourself by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

Dextronet, makers of the Swift To-Do List app, recommend writing down the necessary steps to complete the task to “trick” yourself into getting it done:

I tell myself that I will merely write down the steps needed to complete the task. Just a rough draft, at first, and that’s it. Maybe just 3 steps. I then add more steps, breaking the 3 steps into smaller sub-tasks. I then add some details, and thoughts, notes of things that I shouldn’t forget when doing this task. I just think the task through and write everything down. After a little while, I will be a proud author of “The Complete Guide To Finishing Task X for Dummies”.

Once you’ve got it down into quick, simple steps, you might find you just start doing the task right then and there. The hardest part is laying out what you actually have to do to get it done. By thinking about it, you’ve already accomplished half of the task. It’s something we’ve highlighted many times in the past: vague, broad to-dos just aren’t that doable, but as soon as you break down that big to-do into actionable steps, suddenly it’s not so bad. Hit the link for more suggestions for tricking yourself into getting things done.

10 Best Tricks of Fooling Myself to Work [Dextronet Blog]

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