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Doing everything but

Keeping busy, feeling like you're being productive, sometimes we fall into a habit of doing everything but the one thing that we're supposed to do.

In my time management course, I learned the term for this: "priority inversion." You do the least important things first, and the most important and urgent thing last.

Sometimes it's easier to do the trivial things, like cleaning up your desk, answering emails, than tackling a big task like writing an article. But if you keep procrastinating, the task becomes bigger, more urgent, and more daunting.

Sometimes you don't realise that you are putting it off. You don't know what your priorities are. You might not even know what you're supposed to do. So you try to do everything that comes to your mind.

Think before you do. And do it with thought.


17 April 2002 Wednesday