Have you been convinced to set your “Most Important Task” (MIT) for the day?
Your MIT is the #1 one thing on your to do list That’s not the point though. The point of picking your MIT is to make sure that it gets done first.
Even if you are convinced of this productivity tactic, you are likely to fall into the trap of putting it off until tomorrow.
Instead, you will answer emails or attend meetings or do 100 other little tasks that require very little thought-energy.
So, at the end of the day how do you feel? Accomplished?
When you put your MIT off until tomorrow, it rides on your conscience. It will bother you and stress you out even if you don’t realize it.
So what can you do to force yourself to actually get it done?
Block your email client?
Block social media sites?
Lock yourself in a room until you finish that task?
The problem is part willpower and part motivation.
Yeah, you might have a hard time getting out of the morning email habit or the temptations of social media. There’s a whole set of ways to fix that problem.
The much more important fix you can make is motivation.
How motivated are you to get that MIT done?
Have you thoroughly confinvinced yourself that that is the ABSOLUTE most IMPORTANT task?
Psyche yourself up. Really convince yourself each morning or the day before how important that tasks is.
Tell yourself that you must complete that MIT because your life depends on it.
Write out the reason why that MIT is so essential.
Don’t just pick an MIT.
Tell yourself why that MIT really is the Most Important Task.
Get that Most Important Task done and all of the little things you normall cross off your to do list will feel like nothing. They will be icing on the cake.
You will feel amazing because that one, huge task is done and you’re moving forward on that big project.