Apply the "Art of the Small" to Get Tasks Done [Productivity]

16 Set/09

You’ve got a myriad ways to procrastinate, but unsurprisingly none of them will help you meet that looming deadline. Next time the distraction urge hits, weblog Zen Habits suggests thinking small instead of not thinking at all.

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According to Zen’s Leo Babauta, thinking small is less intimidating and therefore creates less friction in your workflow. The more friction you face, the lower the odds are that you’ll plow speedily through a given task. “But more than that, small tasks and projects are victories. You can quickly get to completion and feel great about it. And that compels you to keep going,” says the author.

To help think small, try reducing a project’s scope by spreading out the time allotted to it. Instead of a 24-hour deadline, for example, give yourself several days or even a week to get the work done when you can (assuming that you haven’t procrastinated too much yet).

Check out the full post for more examples of how to put the art of small to work, then tell us about your own methods for breaking down a task in the comments.

Reduce Task Friction to Get to Task Completion [Zen Habits]

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