Although skipping a task deadline that you’d set for yourself might seem harmless, the small failures can slowly drain you of motivation to stick with your original plan. Don’t bite off more than you can chew in a single day.
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Some folks like to schedule tasks right away when they have new things to do. However, you may want to think twice before putting tasks on a calendar without understanding whether you can properly work on them, or how you may have to react to emails, phone calls or other requests that day.
Darren Tong writes in Alpha Efficiency:
The more rules we set ourselves, the more opportunities we create for failure. The more we fail, the less motivated we become to stick to our goals and push ourselves forwards. This applies as much to our “big dreams” as it does to the every day tasks. If you schedule a task onto your calendar, my advice is to be damn sure you’re able to achieve it — and don’t attempt too many.
Responding to emails, text messages, and other requests can often be more urgent than other tasks. However, failing to accomplish tasks you schedule may drain yourself of valuable momentum. Ensure you complete the scheduled stuff first whenever you can, so you’re available and emotionally ready to deal with what comes next.
The Perils of Putting Tasks on Your Calendar [Alpha Efficiency]