It’s no secret that the bulk of people take on more work than they can accomplish in a given week. It’s a confidence thing because at the beginning of a week we feel like we can do it all but by the end we have no interest in all those errands. Productivity blogger Scott Young suggests the best way to avoid this is to simply embrace your weaknesses and stop littering your to-dos with things you’re not going to do.
Image: Paul Pival.
In Young’s case it was recognising that he can be a bit lazy and planning around that. He explains:
Instead of trying to change every behaviour at once, I would pick something incredibly small and simple and focus on it for an entire month. Even that can be difficult, but it meant I could make a change almost habitual before I tried something else.
In my short-term to-do lists and projects I strive to be modest. My agenda is usually far less ambitious than my friends, even in cases where my track record is better than theirs.
We all have different weaknesses. Consider your weakness when making your schedule or to-dos and you might find you’re able to get more done.
The Laziness Paradox: Embrace Your Weakness to Accomplish More [Scott H Young]