Can you Do THAT tomorrow?

I learned this trick from Barbara Sher's book, Refuse to Choose , for figuring out how to get going on a big project.

  1. Determine what you want to accomplish
  2. Ask yourself, "Can I do that tomorrow?"
  3. If the answer is yes, then put it on your to-do list for tomorrow. If the answer is no, ask yourself, "What do I need to do first?"
  4. Looking at what you would need to do first, ask yourself, "Can I do that tomorrow?"
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you find something that you can actually do.
It's handy to write down all the steps, so that once you've finished your Yes-I-can-do-that task, you can go one step back up the tree and say, "Can I do that tomorrow?" instead of starting the entire process over again.

Doesn't sound like you? Go back to Time Management Hacks and look for a time management technique that fits you better.

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