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Tasks Go Better Together :: How I Stay Productive Throughout My Children’s Book Project (Part 3)

In order to become and stay more productive throughout my goals, I started to track the struggles I face while working on my ongoing children’s book project, and how I overcome them. This is part 3 of the series.

In part 1 we talked about the most common problem I encounter when setting up my goals and how I tackle it.

Last week in part 2, I shared the most effective way I found to get started on my projects.

Today, I’m bringing up a simple way to optimize your energy and time, without compromising focus.

How Do You Set Your Table?

You’re setting your living room table for a family dinner. You can:

  1. Grab all the plates and cutlery and bring them to the table. Or…
  2. Grab the plates, walk to the living room and set them on the table. Walk back for the cutlery and come to the living room again. Now go back for the glasses, then again for the napkins…

Which one seems more efficient?

This may seem ridiculous, but we fall into this kind of trap all the time without even realizing it.

We keep working more hours and wasting more energy with unnecessary shifts in our focus. The result? Burn out.

Some Tasks Are Better Together

If it saves energy and strengthens our focus, then why not pair tasks whenever possible?

I was losing my mind trying to keep up with weekly blog posts and working on my children’s book at the same time. It wasn’t until I had a conversation with a friend that I realized one could directly influence the other.

Lately, I’ve been trying to focus more on my book and let the lessons I learn along the way help me come up with new blog posts like this one (thank you, Chris!).

What About You?

In the previous post, I wrote about laying down all the tasks as if they were puzzle pieces. Now it’s time to group them together in a way that makes sense to the way you work.

What tasks do you have that can benefit each other? Is there any action you can take right now that influences more than one to-do?

Please share your findings in the comment section below!

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