The Proven Technique to Get More Done and Have More Fun

Putting Off the Inevitable Just Makes Us Miserable

Try as we might, we can’t convince our daughter to eat her vitamin first. “It tastes like chalk.” I know, sweetheart. I ate them when I was a kid, and they probably had more sugar then.

So every morning, it sits there, in the corner of her placemat, looming over her while she eats. No matter how much we encourage her, she refuses to eat it. We try to explain that if she would eat it first, she would get it out of the way and be done with it. She could get the chalky taste out of her mouth by following it up with milk or a waffle dipped in syrup. She just shakes her head and seals her lips.

We all have our vitamins, and the same stubborn refusal to eat them and get it over with. How much of your life are you spending making yourself miserable by putting off the inevitable?

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Do You Trust Your System to Handle Your Life?

Your brain doesn’t have to keep every thought in RAM

You should have been in bed hours ago, but you know it’s pointless. You wouldn’t be able to sleep, with everything you need to do racing through your head. You may as well do something about it and see if you can make it stop, or at least slow down enough to sleep. The same thoughts, over and over…

We’ve all been there, and it’s a terrible place to be.

There are three basic reasons why you can’t stop thinking about something:

  1. You enjoy thinking about it.
  2. You’re mulling it over.
  3. You’re afraid you’ll forget about it.

The first one isn’t much of a problem.

The second one represents pending change. You know something needs to be different, but you haven’t decided what. Maybe you need to clarify the outcome you want to achieve, or identify the next step. Maybe you need to step back and say no. Somehow, there is thinking work required to move forward.

The third one represents a lack of trust. You don’t have a system in place that your brain will trust to let go of a thought, knowing the thought will come back at the right time and place.

Without a trusted system in place, your mind will keep thinking the same thoughts over and over, afraid that if you stop thinking about it, you’ll never remember it again.

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Why You Don’t Miss 2:00 am on Some Sunday in March

Twice a year, we remind ourselves that change is easier than we think

Let’s talk for a minute about what we just went through over the weekend. If you live in Arizona, keep reading. This involves you, too.

Most of us lost an hour of sleep on Sunday. Some of us went to bed an hour early (good for you!), some chose to sleep in, and some split the difference. Some of us forgot entirely. By Monday morning, though, we had all set our clocks ahead. The hour had been lost. We all got up an hour earlier.

And a funny thing happened.

We survived.

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Is Your Vision of Success so Clear You Can Taste It?

The more clear you are, the easier it will be to make it happen.

The best athletes do it. So do the best salespeople. Martial artists do it. I’ve even heard that the top surgeons do it, as do the patients who recover the quickest.

They visualize the outcome they want. The score. The close. The strike. Before they ever begin, they have seen everything play out in their mind. I will do X. What if Y happens? I respond with Z.

Visualization is one application of Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s second habit, Begin with the End in Mind. It not only helps you set the course for your life, it also helps you head in the right direction throughout the day.

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3 Ways to Repeat a Task in OmniFocus

Understand Repeat Every, Defer Another, and Due Again in 5 minutes or less

I love completing tasks that I never have to do again. There’s something satisfying about finishing something and knowing that it’s going to stay finished. I can move on and do other things.

For better or for worse, I do a lot of the same things over and over again. Some tasks are weekly, some monthly. Some happen once or twice a year, and some feel like they never end.

Before switching to OmniFocus (née Kinkless GTD), I used paper. Recurring tasks were tedious but easy—you wrote down the task on multiple days, and hoped you didn’t have to shift them around.

When I went digital, the tedium left immediately. It took much longer for it to become easy, though. I felt like I was constantly fighting against my system.

It turns out that not all tasks repeat the same way.

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