Staring at a daunting list of tasks is tough. If that first task is just too unnerving to start, Lifehack.org recommends switching to a task that you find more enjoyable.
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Lifehack calls this the “path of highest enjoyment”:
I found one of the easiest and most effortless ways to complete my projects is to be flexible in my project management approach. For example, most people will finish the tasks in their to-do list in sequential order. Task 1 comes first, followed by Task 2, then Task 3, etc. Sounds straight forward and easy, doesn’t it?
I did this for a long time until I realised it wasn’t the most effective method. For example, some days I would procrastinate on a project because I felt like doing Task 3 rather than Task 1. Yet by the project management rule, I needed to do Task 1 first before I could do Task 3.
On the other hand, when I give myself flexibility over what to do (while maintaining within the confines of the project), working on the project becomes like a big adventure. This approach makes me feel like I’m in a candy store and I get to pick whatever candy I want.
Sometimes, this isn’t an option, and you need to get things done in sequence (or in order of importance and urgency). But when a project is feeling a bit slow, this (like structured procrastination) can at least help jump-start your productivity. Hit the link for more tips on finishing what you start.
10 Essential Tips to Finish What You Start [Lifehack]