#0448 Micro Actions

“If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done” Are you one of those people?

There is probably not a person on the planet who has not left a task until the very last moment available to complete. And let’s face it, you are probably not doing your best work this way.

Now this post could be about using deadlines to get things done but instead consider this.

Micro actions.

Break down the major task at hand into as small a chunks as possible. The smaller the better. Ideally each micro action can be done in less than 30 minutes, 15 is ideal.

Now itemise them out into the order in which they need to be done. If the order is not important, then make sure easy ones are mixed with the harder (or more boring) tasks as these are the ones you probably put off. Stick to the list.

From now until the deadline, sprinkle the micro actions in amongst your normal day. You can always find 15-30 minute gaps in your diary if you look hard enough.

The key here is to not procrastinate on your micro actions either, that would defeat the purpose.

Note how much less stressful the whole exercise is, get stuff done without the anxiety.

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