Time Management Tip: Do the worst things first
Whenever I have a meal, I look at the food on my plate and quietly determine the order in which each item will be eaten. My husband has noticed that I always eat my least favorite food on the plate first, saving the best for last. Our daughter has started to do the same thing, getting the worst things (usually vegetables) out of the way so she can move on to what she really enjoys. When it comes to our work, we often look at our list of prioritized agenda items and discover that we’ve ranked our favorites as high priorities, whether or not they really are. But what happens to those low priority, low appeal projects is that they’re constantly pushed to the bottom, to the next day, the next week as if we’re hoping that maybe they’ll just disappear.
Today, let’s take a few minutes to reorder our to do list and put one or two of those “worst things” at the top, get them out of the way, and move on to our favorites with some quick wins already accomplished. You’ll feel better without those tasks hanging over your head and you’ll be motivated to finish them so you can start on the projects that really excite you.
Inspiration: “Out of clutter, find simplicity.” ― Albert Einstein
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