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An expert in time management was invited to speak to an MBA class. After a brief introduction she reached down and produced a very large mason jar and set it on a table in front of her.
Great image, great anecdote
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If you're looking to beat procrastination, this guest post by Angela DiCarlo has a great tactic: adopt something called The Power hour.
"So what is this Power Hour?
To put it to you straight, this is the one hour that you buckle yourself into your chair and do what needs to get done. You do not let distractions, unrelated calls, negative self-talk, unnecessary breaks, refilling coffee, checking the internet, unproductive time on social media, grabbing supplies from the cabinet in the other room, or anything not directly related to the task."
One of the "tools" the article suggests you use to prevent distraction during this hour is to keep a pen and paper handy to write down anything that pops into your head suring the power hour that could distract you. By writing it down you stop the thought from nagging at you and you can address it when the hour ends. This technique is great for all sorts of situations where you can be easily distracted like telephone conferences, or online meetings
The author suggests answering these 3 questions before you start:
If a power hour seems too much to commit to why not try a shorter version - the pomodoro technique
Why do otherwise intelligent people find it so easy to be distracted from what really matters?
"Sometimes what you don't do is just as important as what you do." - Warren Buffet
To get started, I recommend a simple action list.