You Don’t Need to Clear the Decks to Focus on Important Work

Source http://zenhabits.net/clear-decks/

By Leo Babauta

We’ve all done it: we have an important task to do, and yet we have to do a thousand other things before we can start:

  • Process email and reply to messages
  • Make sure we’re up-to-date with the latest news
  • Pay bills and check on our bank accounts
  • Make sure the kitchen is clean
  • Check social media one more time
  • Look up that obscure fact we’re suddenly curious about

We’re looking for perfect conditions before we can start to find any focus, before we can launch into that important, meaningful task that we’re committed to doing.

When we’re done with all of that, we decide it’s time to get going with that important task … but first, there’s that one other thing we realized we need to do. Every little task takes importance over this important task.

Try this experiment: commit yourself to doing the one big importan…

Source http://zenhabits.net/clear-decks/

By Leo Babauta

We’ve all done it: we have an important task to do, and yet we have to do a thousand other things before we can start:

  • Process email and reply to messages
  • Make sure we’re up-to-date with the latest news
  • Pay bills and check on our bank accounts
  • Make sure the kitchen is clean
  • Check social media one more time
  • Look up that obscure fact we’re suddenly curious about

We’re looking for perfect conditions before we can start to find any focus, before we can launch into that important, meaningful task that we’re committed to doing.

When we’re done with all of that, we decide it’s time to get going with that important task … but first, there’s that one other thing we realized we need to do. Every little task takes importance over this important task.

Try this experiment: commit yourself to doing the one big importan…