Doing the tough things first

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I have a motto I call "No PIE" - It stands for Phone, Internet and Email. The first hour of my day is cleaning up the stuff I didn't finish, (or more likely, put off), yesterday before checking my email, return calls etc. Takes discipline, but really pays off!
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  • Good motto, it pays out to be organized, if not you could get overwhelm and productivity suffers a lot.

    Keep on the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author abcYouCanDraw
    How ironic.
    Today I procrastinated all morning because I would not let myself go online until I had cleaned up my office for 1 hour.
    Joining this forum is the reward.
    Thanks for the reminder.
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    Originally Posted by BuckyBoy View Post

    I have a motto I call "No PIE" - It stands for Phone, Internet and Email. The first hour of my day is cleaning up the stuff I didn't finish, (or more likely, put off), yesterday before checking my email, return calls etc. Takes discipline, but really pays off!
    If it helps you to get organised then it is a good one.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    My day begins with E P S and ends with E P S. The entire middle is I. "S" is responding and posting on social media, incidentally.

    The key, to me, is to not let things distract you, which is why email, phone calls and social have set times only at the very beginning and very end of the day. Those three things will throw your day out of whack more than anything else if you constantly let them. To continually make progress, I need to spend the bulk of my day on website-related stuff and turn off the other distractions.
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  • Profile picture of the author myob
    My motto is "No Excuses". No T.L.A. (Three Letter Acronyms) are needed.

    Whatever it takes to reach daily bottom line goals drives action.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoshFlake
    Excellent motto! Seems like I never complete my to-do list for the day, always more work to be done. This will really help make sure I get the most important things done before getting sucked in to returning emails.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    Originally Posted by BuckyBoy View Post

    I have a motto I call "No PIE" - It stands for Phone, Internet and Email. The first hour of my day is cleaning up the stuff I didn't finish, (or more likely, put off), yesterday before checking my email, return calls etc. Takes discipline, but really pays off!
    well why not go to bed an hour later or after you finsh everything you needed to do on that day ..

    apparently just one day of that and you will be caught up and when you wake up every day you will only have the work you needed to get done that day to do.. not tid bits from the day or days before ..
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  • Profile picture of the author finerpleasures
    You should checkout out "Eat that Frog"
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Originally Posted by BuckyBoy View Post

    I have a motto I call "No PIE" - It stands for Phone, Internet and Email.
    Great Idea, Keep your clients/customers and potential clients/customers waiting. People love that

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  • Profile picture of the author BME20
    Yes it's a productive hack, something Tony Robbins mentions in his teachings also, you got to tackle to difficult/important task first
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    • Profile picture of the author TobiMDD
      Originally Posted by BME20 View Post

      Yes it's a productive hack, something Tony Robbins mentions in his teachings also, you got to tackle to difficult/important task first

      yes but that's not what he was talking about if I understood his post right.
      Because he is not doing the important task first he just finishes things which he did not do the day before.
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  • Profile picture of the author oppyeaunome
    It's always best to handle the tough things first especially early in the day when you have the most willpower.

    I do this when I get up first thing in the morning. If I try to tackle the tough things later in the day it's usually harder for me. I also try to avoid email too early in the day as this can truly slow you down.

    Hit the big things first and then cruise for the rest of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author samsabir
    That sounds like a great motto. Helps you get things in order and organize your schedule in a refined manner.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Good point, OP

    If I may add, one technique that helps me POWER THROUGH tough but necessary tasks is the POMODORO technique

    Step 1: Break down the task into parts

    Step 2: Give yourself a short amount of time to do each part

    Step 3: Time yourself going through each part

    Step 4: Give yourself less time as you go from one similar part to the next

    This technique has enabled me to EXPLODE my productivity
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