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Nov 9, 2020

Why Beginning Each Day With Your Most Important Task Makes Your Productivity Soar

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Julie Fung

Task Management

You only have so much time and energy to get things done.

Recognize that some tasks are really important right now while others are not.

To make the best use of your time, your first task should make a significant difference in your workday.

This is your MIT: Most Important Task.

Most Important Tasks

Every day, your Task Playlist should begin with two or three MITs.

Focus on getting these Tasks done during your most productive hours.

For most people, this is the first thing in the morning.

Getting through your MITs sets the tone for the rest of your day.

Deadlines

The Mere Urgency Effect is a phenomenon in which people work on unimportant tasks over important tasks.

Results from this Journal of Consumer Research study show that “people behaved as if pursuing an urgent task has an appeal all its own, independent of its objective consequence.”

When a deadline looms or a sense of urgency is instilled, people tend to focus on task-completion rather than task payoffs.

How does this affect decision-making? How can you use this phenomenon to your advantage?

  • Set a deadline, as they help you get through your day’s MITs faster. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation, paving the way for the rest of your day.

Identify Your MITs

When creating your MIT Playlist, ask yourself these questions:

  • What are the most important things that I need to do today?
  • What are the things that if I got them done today would make a huge difference?

Get Started

Having a Task Playlist of two or three MITs gives you permission to say “no” to interruptions.

Centered makes it easy to prioritize Tasks in addition to blocking distractions. Now, let’s begin.

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