Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Eliminating Choices To Get More Done

Photo by The DLC

Have you ever sat in a restaurant and been unable to decide what you wanted, simply because there were too many things on the menu? Not only are there a wide variety of dishes, but combinations that put them together in a dizzying array of choices that can paralyze you?

The same thing can happen if you have too many choices on your daily task list. If you are looking at a list of five items, it is easy to choose one. You can evaluate each one with your energy level, or what you desire to be doing.

But if your task list is a couple hundred items long, how do you choose? To sit and evaluate each one against your current desires and energy becomes a draining task, and you are unlikely to get anything done at all.

So what is the solution? Pare down the choices. Choose two things, then decide which one you want to do. Once you have done that, choose the next one on the list and compare it to the one you didn't do from the previous choice; repeat this.

Limiting choices is a good way to get through the paralysis of having too much available to do.

What do you do to get through the overwhelm of a huge task list? Share below.


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