Start with the easy things

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I had a mini breakthrough today!

The last few days I have been thinking about how stamina and level of difficulty influence our ability to stay in flow. During my reflection on this and my little experiments with my to-do list, I have found that it is much easier for me to start with an easy task and then move on to a harder one.

It makes sense that our minds work a lot like our bodies during a workout. When doing a physical workout, you don’t jump into a sprint right away. You need to warm up first. The same thing applies mentally. It is easier to start with something simple and then move on to something more difficult.

I have been designing my to-do list with this in mind. This week, I have been starting my daily list with an easy thing, and then alternating between easy and hard tasks. This has been amazing for keeping a rhythm throughout my day. I have also been using a timer to help me stay focused and on task.

Get things done

This new organization of my to-do list, and the use of a timer, has helped me release the idea that I need to get the hardest things done first. I have been more productive and been able to maintain flow consistently throughout my day.

So my question to you is, how do you organize your day so that you can stay in flow?

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