“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus
1. Mundane / Habitual work
2. Work requiring other peoples input
4. Trying to impress others
Take something and make it perfect, rather than waiting for everything to be right.
Eat problems for breakfast.
Any complex tasks is a series of small tasks. Divide a complex task into simple tasks to get started.
Time and Energy are like budgets
45 – 90 mins max concentration after that you experience a burnout. Only work in short busts of productivity and mentally practice before working. Start day with todo
Divide work into longer timespan with small chunks everyday. Process > Goals
Parallelize around blockers
Batching – Combine boring tasks
Best ideas come in seconds or minutes. Let your brain work in the background. No way you can force it if it a serious problem
Bad ideas lead to good ideas. Give yourself permission to write garbage. Taste hinders you
Do other things … one thing can inspire another thing
Make it fun follow the fun. Think about beating your previous record
Think of the impact for motivation
Multiple rehearsals to get 1 final presentation right. A task needs to be done atleast 5 times to get it right – outline, draft, revision, feedback, final
Much like how exercise easily fatigues the muscles, too much focus or flow drains the working memory. It is critical to take breaks every 10 minutes to regain balance otherwise while the first day might be productive the next few days will not be.