How to Overcome Procrastination with Mini-Tasks

How to Overcome Procrastination with Mini-Tasks

Do you ever procrastinate? Want to get more done, with less stress, during the holiday season? Would you like to put a stop to time-wasting habits?

You can do all this starting today by breaking your to-do list into mini-tasks which is different than multi-tasking.

Here’s how it works:

A mini-task is a task that is so small you couldn’t make it any smaller without being silly about it. Calling a supplier to ask a specific question would be a good example of a mini-task. In general, mini-tasks take 15 minutes or less to accomplish.

This time management technique addresses one of the most common causes of procrastination on larger projects: uncertainty about where to get started. For example, writing a book is a sequence of achievable tasks, but people frequently have a difficult time even getting started on such a seemingly huge project.

Ideally, you’d plan the entire process from beginning to end. This may not always be possible; this in and of itself takes time and effort, and some projects have too much uncertainty to be able to predict the entire process from the beginning. This is what keeps people from starting.

But you could still develop a task list for as far as you’re able to see. At some point, you’ll be able to see further down the path and can develop new mini-tasks.

Let’s use a simple example: traditional or online holiday shopping. Here’s a sample of what your mini-task list might look like:

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