Posted: 17 Apr 2013 07:00 AM PDT
By Leo Babauta
Here’s a scenario: you jump into email or [insert preferred social network here] and start doing a few tasks, reading a few things, taking care of business … but soon get lost in the swarm of distractions of little things, and two hours have gone by without getting anything important or meaningful done.
Ever happened to you?
Sometimes a big task will sit there on your todo list or email inbox, but you keep putting it off because you’re in the quick-task mode. It’s hard to do slower, more thoughtful tasks when you’re in quick-task mode.
This happens to me all the time. I will breeze through 10-15 emails because they require 1-2 sentence replies or a 2-minute task each, which means I can knock them off. But a larger task sits there in my inbox, waiting for action, and can sit there for an entire day or two.
Why? Because it requires a different mode of thinking.
And so we put it off, and let the distractions of the Internet carry us away instead.
What’s a better method? Refocus yourself. Change modes. Have a purpose for each thing you set out to do. This works for me every time.
Taking just a few moments to see the bigger picture, change your mode of thinking, and set your intention for your new task is an important investment. It’s an easy thing to do, but it can change your work completely.
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