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How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps by Michael Simmons, Medium

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10. Start the Day by Closing Open Loops


Jason Duff, founder and CEO of COMSTOR Outdoor

Contrary to popular time-management approaches, I set aside the first hour of my day to work on tasks that are sucking my energy–not the ones that are most important. I set aside this time in the morning since that’s when daily reserves of willpower are the highest.

With each task, I force myself to either delegate it, delete it, or complete it. Once all of these open loops are closed, I move on to my most important tasks of the day.

When we have open loops in our brain, we perform worse. This is known as the Zeigarnik Effect. By closing the loops in my head, I set myself up for success on my most important goals for the day.

Do you start each day with a lot of open loops?

Yes, and the are distracting.  Most of them are medium rocks, important urgent jobs.  

Maybe I should work harder on my classification.  

Thanks!  Strong work!

Do a lot of them sneak up on you? That sounds like more urgent things than there should be.

I guess the priority should important things first, right?

Yes, some things arrive by raven at the end of the day when my energy is at ebb.  I like to prepare for the next day by prioritizing the things I need to get at immediately in the morning, when my energy is ON.

That's good. I think it's a good idea to do the most important thing first, too.

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