How often do you let a big project loom over your head until the last minute? Or do all other possible tasks before tackling the important ones that you know will take time, effort and brain power. I do this, my friends do this and I bet you do this, too.
The better approach is to tackle the big things first. This way, you focus on the tasks that will make a meaningful impact on your business or position. This approach will also help you release the anxiety and pressure of putting off an important task.
Most success experts would agree:
- In 4-hour work week Tim Ferriss talks about the detriments of busy work. Instead he suggests to "define the single most important task for each day."
- Stephen Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People reminds us to take care of the big rocks first.
- This article on Lifehack recommends eating the frog first, before you even let yourself eat breakfast.
So, my (and their) advice to you (and to me) is to DO IT NOW.