If you find yourself overwhelmed by the mountain of recurring items on your to-do list, the best way to make them easier is to think about them as regular, automatic habits. When your to-do list transforms from a dozen big items to two big items and ten things you do every day, it’s easier to manage.
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Over at the Harvard Business Review, Tony Schwartz argues that there’s only so much motivation and energy we have every day. The people who manage to get more things done in the same time period don’t have infinite stamina, they just know how to automate as many of their to-dos as possible, either functionally or mentally.
By making jobs like cleaning out your inbox or brainstorming ideas a routine, habitual thing you do every time you have to, you won’t feel daunted when it the time comes. Instead, you’ll coast right into it, work through it, and move on to something else that needs your attention. It’s obviously not as easy as it sounds, but we all know most things get easier as they become habitual. How do you take mountainous projects and turn them into regular to-dos? Share your suggestions below.
The Only Way to Get Important Things Done [The Harvard Business Review]