Today's thought

Big / small tasks

Would you rather…

a) Get 7 smaller tasks done
b) Get 1 larger complex task done

Option A tends to feel a lot better for the ol’ mental health, but it usually doesn’t “move the needle” in terms of making you more money. It’s things like: Replying to emails, taking screenshots for a case study, posting on social, doing chores around the house, replenishing office supplies… these things are good, but not great.

Procrastination of the larger, complex task via the smaller, easier tasks can be pretty insidious for productivity. It feels like you’re getting things done (and you are, sort of!) but you’re neglecting to chip away at the real work — the 20% stuff that produces the outsized 80% results.

Both kinds of tasks are necessary for running a healthy business (and life, for that matter). Just make sure to find a balance of the two that works for you — after all, the small tasks enable the large tasks, and vice versa.

Would you rather…

a) Get 7 smaller tasks done
b) Get 1 larger complex task done

Option A tends to feel a lot better for the ol’ mental health, but it usually doesn’t “move the needle” in terms of making you more money. It’s things like: Replying to emails, taking screenshots for a case study, posting on social, doing chores around the house, replenishing office supplies… these things are good, but not great.

Procrastination of the larger, complex task via the smaller, easier tasks can be pretty insidious for productivity. It feels like you’re getting things done (and you are, sort of!) but you’re neglecting to chip away at the real work — the 20% stuff that produces the outsized 80% results.

Both kinds of tasks are necessary for running a healthy business (and life, for that matter). Just make sure to find a balance of the two that works for you — after all, the small tasks enable the large tasks, and vice versa.

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