Time Management Tip - Small Projects First

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: This tip might seem counterintuitive, but I got the idea from Dave Ramsey's book TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER. Basically, I'm applying the principle behind his "debt snowball" method to everyday tasks.

Most people will tell you to get big projects done. Their reasoning is understandable: if you can complete a massive, complicated project/task, then everything else will seem that much smaller.

Seems to make sense in terms of logic, right? However, in execution it can be flawed.

EXAMPLE: Let's say you have one big project and four small ones. You take on the big project, and you slave away at it all day. You look up at the clock and see your day is almost done. Then you look at the project, and you see you aren't even 50% complete.

What do you think will cross your mind?

"GREAT! Not only did I NOT complete the big project today, but now I still have those four other ones to do!"

The reason to tackle the small ones first: the psychological benefit. The boost you get from knowing you can cross something off your list is priceless.

If the larger project has a deadline, then obviously you need to work on that one first. Otherwise, I say tackle the small ones first.

Give it a try and let me know how it works out!

~~~Steve Grogan

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