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Tips for Difficult Tasks
« on: March 17, 2021, 18:35:26 »
I just read an article called Tips from neuroscience to keep you focused on hard tasks by David Badre that I think has some good suggestions - some things I've said before myself, and some things that I hadn't thought of before. I'm just going to put the summary here with some of my own thoughts or popular phrases, but I recommend reading the entire article on nature.com for all the details.

  • Make space
    • Set aside large blocks of time. (Rome wasn't built in a day.)
    • Be consistent. (Practice makes perfect.)
  • Minimize distraction and never multitask
    • Remove cues to other tasks. (It's easy to get side-tracked.)
    • Beware the allure of easy tasks. (Getting the little things done might feel good, but the big task is still out there.)
  • Engage in good problem-solving habits
    • Stay with it. (Don't give up.)
    • Be open to reconceptualizing problem structure. (Approach from a different angle.)
    • Take breaks. (All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.)
    • Interact with others. (Two heads are better than one.)
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