Think on paper. Prepare thoroughly. List every step of the job in advance. Break the job down into its constituent parts before you begin. Simply writing out every detail and thoroughly preparing in advance will help you to overcome procrastination and get started.
Gather all the materials and work tools that you will need before you begin. When you sit down to work or to begin a task, make sure that you have everything at hand so that you won’t have to get up or move until the task is done. Being fully prepared is a powerful motivator for staying with the task until it is finished.
Do one small thing to get started. There is an 80/20 rule that says that the first 20 percent of the task often accounts for 80 percent of the value of that task. This is probably what Confucius meant when he said that, ‘‘A journey of 1,000 leagues begins with a single step.’’ Once you have taken even one small step to start the job, you will often find yourself continuing on with the task to completion.
‘‘Salami slice’’ the task. Just as you would never try to eat a whole loaf of salami at once, don’t try to take on all of a job from the start. Sometimes the best way to complete a major job is to take a small slice and complete just that piece, just as you would take a single slice of salami and eat it.
When you select a small piece of the task and then discipline yourself to do it and get it behind you, it will often give you the momentum you need to counter inertia and overcome procrastination.
Practice the Swiss cheese technique. Just as a block of Swiss cheese is full of holes, you treat your task like a block of cheese and you punch holes in it. Select a five-minute part of the job and do only that. Don’t worry about the whole job. For example, if you want to write an article or a book, break the task down into small pieces that take an identifiable amount of time to complete and do just one small piece at a time whenever you get a chance. Many authors begin by writing one page a day. If you are doing research, you can read one article per sitting. Many people write complete books on airplanes, or complete their college degrees with snatches of time between other activities. If you wrote one page a day for a year, you would have a 365-page book by the end of the year.
Start from the outside and complete the smaller tasks first. Often there are preparatory steps you must take before you can tackle the main part of the job. In that case, starting from the outside by doing all the little tasks first will help you to overcome procrastination, and it will get you started on the big tasks.
Start from the inside and do the larger tasks first. This is the opposite of suggestion number six. Look over your list of everything that you have to do to complete the job and ask yourself, ‘‘What is the biggest single task on this list?’’ What is the one item that will take the most time or require the most effort? Discipline yourself to start with that item, and stay with it until it is complete. All the other, smaller tasks on the list will then seem easier by comparison.
Do the task that causes you the most fear or anxiety. Often, it has to do with overcoming the fear of failure or rejection by someone else. In sales, it may be associated with prospecting. In management, it may be associated with disciplining or firing an employee. In relationships, this may have to do with confronting an unhappy personal situation. In every case, you will be more effective if you deal first with whatever is causing you the greatest emotional distress or fear. Often this will break the logjam in your work and free you up mentally and emotionally to complete all your other tasks.
Start your day with the most unpleasant task first. Get it over with and behind you. Everything else for the rest of the day will seem easier in comparison.
A recent study compared two groups of people. One group started an exercise program in the morning. The second group started an exercise program in the evenings after work. The researchers found that the morning exercisers were much more likely to still be in the program six months later. Starting the day with exercise was much more likely to lead to the habit of regular exercise than putting it off until the end of the day when it was easier to make excuses and procrastinate.
Mark Twain once wrote that, ‘‘The first thing you should do when you get up each morning is to eat a live frog; then you will have the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that can happen to you all day long.’’
Your ‘‘live frog’’ is your biggest, most difficult, most unpleasant task. When you start and finish this task before doing anything else, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that the rest of your day is going to proceed much more smoothly.
Think about the negative consequences of not doing the job or completing the task. What will happen to you if this job is not done on schedule? Both fear and desire are great motivators of human behavior. Sometimes you can motivate yourself by the desire for the benefits and rewards of task completion.
Sometimes you can motivate yourself into action by thinking about the negative consequences and what will happen to you if the job isn’t completed as promised.
Think about how you will benefit from doing the job and completing the task.
Write down all the reasons why it would be helpful for you to get this job done on time. The more reasons you have for completing the task, the more intense will be your desire to begin, and the greater will be your internal drive to complete what you’ve started.
If you have one or two reasons for getting a job done, you will have a mild level of motivation. But if you have ten or twenty reasons for completing the job, your level of motivation will be considerably higher, and so will be your persistence and selfdiscipline.
Set aside fifteen minutes during the day when you will work on your project. Set aside a specific time—say, from 10:00 to 10:15 A.M., or 2:00 to 2:15 P.M.—and resolve just to work for that brief fifteen-minute period without worrying about anything else. This technique will launch you into the task so that completion will be much more likely.
To get the most out of this technique, you must make an appointment with yourself and write it down. Then, at the designated time, have your tools and materials at hand and begin the fifteen-minute work session. At the end of the fifteen minutes, you may want to continue to work. If not, put the work aside and schedule another fifteen-minute appointment at another time. And then keep your appointment with yourself.
Resist the tendency toward perfectionism. Since perfectionism is a major reason for procrastination, decide not to worry about doing the job perfectly. Just get started and work steadily. You can always go back and make corrections and revisions later. Nothing worthwhile has ever been done perfectly the first time anyway.
Not long ago, a friend of mind started a consulting business. I asked him how it was going. He said he had not done anything yet because it was going to take a full month before he got his brochures, business cards, and letterhead back from the printer. I told him that his brochures, letterhead, and business cards would never get him a nickel’s worth of business. What he should do is write his new telephone number on the back of his existing business cards, or get some cards made up at a quick copy center, and then just get out and talk to prospective clients. I told him that this would do him more good than all the brochures he would ever design.
He phoned me a week later and told me that this advice had transformed his thinking about himself and his business. He had started calling on prospective customers that very day and was already doing business and making money.
Pick one area where procrastination is hurting you. Select-a single identifiable area where you know your tendency to procrastinate is holding you back. Pick the most important area, and resolve to conquer that specific example of procrastination. Set your priorities, and then concentrate single-mindedly on the one area where overcoming procrastination can make the greatest contribution to your success. Always attack the most difficult tasks first. Challenge yourself to confront the hardest parts of your work, and then get them done before anything else.
Develop a compulsion for closure. Once you have launched and begun to work on your task, refuse to stop until it is completed. When you develop the discipline to start a major task and then stay with it until it is finished, you will be laying down the foundation for a life of persistent, purposeful work. Force yourself to finish the last 5 percent of the job. That is the part that is worth all the rest in terms of personal satisfaction.
It is amazing, and somewhat sad, the number of people who overcome procrastination sufficiently enough to get started on a task, but they never carry it through to completion. As they get closer and closer to the end of the task, they find more and more reasons and excuses to put off the last 5 percent or 10 percent of the job. This is the reason most university theses and dissertations to complete masters or doctoral degrees never get completed and submitted. A person may spend years of study in college and leave without the degree because he was unable to push through and complete the last 5 percent or 10 percent.
You only experience the joy, satisfaction, and exhilaration of finishing the task when you bring it to completion. As you wrap up the last detail, you feel a tremendous sense of relief and accomplishment. Your brain releases endorphins, and you get a surge of happiness. But this is only possible when you complete the task 100 percent.
Maintain a fast tempo. Fast tempo is essential to success. Resolve to work at a brisk pace. Walk quickly. Move quickly. Write fast. Act quickly. Get on with the job. Consciously decide to speed up all of your habitual actions.
Why am I on the payroll?
What have I been hired to accomplish?
What is my major goal or objective right now?
What am I supposed to do, or be doing, at this moment?
What results have I been hired to achieve?
Is what I am doing right now contributing to the accomplishment of my most important goals and objectives?
Concentrate your powers. Use the principle of ‘‘ concentration of power.’’ This requires that you concentrate your talents and abilities where they will yield the highest payoff to you at the moment. It is the key to personal productivity and is essential to success in personal strategic planning.
In corporate strategy sessions, managers focus on the goal of increasing ‘‘return on equity’’ (ROE). The purpose of business strategy is to allocate the company’s resources in such a way that they yield the highest possible financial return on the equity invested.
Here is another kind of ROE for you. In setting personal strategy-for yourself, your goal is to get the highest ‘‘return on energy.’’ Your job is to allocate your talents and abilities in such a way that you achieve the highest possible return on the mental, emotional, and physical energies that you invest in your work. Your highest return on energy is almost always that task where you combine your unique talents and abilities with the specific needs of the situation. You then focus and concentrate single-mindedly on that one task, which is the key to high productivity.
Whenever you have a new job to do, ask yourself: ‘‘Does this job give me my highest return on energy invested?’’ Discipline yourself to apply your skills where you can achieve the greatest results and rewards for both yourself and your company.
Concentrate where superior results are possible. Resolve to concentrate on the few areas where superior performance will bring outstanding results. Usually less than 5 percent of what you do accounts for most of your results. Continually ask yourself, ‘‘What can I, and only I, do that, if done well, will make a real difference?’’
Discipline yourself not to work at those tasks that, no matter how well you do them, cannot help you or advance you in your career. They do not give you as high a return on energy as something else.
Do things you’re better at. When you do things at which you excel, you get more done, make fewer mistakes, and achieve greater personal productivity. Not only that, you enjoy your work more when you are doing things that you do well. What are the few things that you do better than anyone else? What is it that you do easily that seems to be difficult for others? Focus on your unique talents and concentrate on those few areas where you can achieve superior results. This is the key to peak performance.
Focus on opportunities. Concentrate your strengths, and the strengths of others, on your major opportunities. Focus on the opportunities of tomorrow, rather than the problems of yesterday. Concentrate your best talents and energies, and those of your best people, on those few areas where major breakthroughs are possible.
Many companies make the mistake of putting their best people-to work to salvage the mistakes of yesterday, rather than deploying them to maximize the opportunities of tomorrow. Keep asking yourself, ‘‘What are my biggest opportunities for the future? Where can I make a real breakthrough if I concentrate?’’
Fish for whales. Fish for whales, not minnows. Remember-that if you catch 1,000 minnows, all you have is a bucketful of fish. But if you catch a single whale, you will pay for the whole voyage.
In business, you must look at your marketplace and try to determine who or what the whales might be. You then make a plan to go after them. Sometimes, landing one big customer, or selling one whale of an order, will be enough to make a business or an individual successful.
Focus on key result areas. Identify the key results you are expected to get by answering the question: ‘‘Why am I on the payroll?’’ Once you’ve identified your key result areas, work in them exclusively.
Each person has five to seven key result areas where they can make an important contribution to their job and to the organization. It is only when you concentrate your efforts on your key result areas that you will achieve the most significant results possible for you in the shortest period of time.
Set and keep deadlines. Set deadlines for important goals and stick to them. Deadlines force you to work harder and more effectively as the deadline approaches.
A goal or an assignment without a deadline is usually an exercise in futility. It has no motivational force behind it. It creates no compulsion for closure. It is something that you easily procrastinate on and put off until the last minute.
Set deadlines for everything you do. Promise other people that you will finish certain jobs by the deadline. When you promise others, you motivate yourself to fulfill the promise. When you place your honor and your ego on the line by making promises to others, you find yourself internally driven and motivated to get the job done exactly as you said, on schedule.
Allow enough time. Allow enough time to do everything well. Take the time to complete the job in an excellent fashion. Practice the ‘‘30 percent rule,’’ which says to always allow yourself an extra 30 percent of time to complete any task. Build in a cushion for unexpected difficulties, delays, or setbacks. Highly productive workers always allow enough time to do the job right.
Maintain a steady pace. Don’t hurry or rush around frantically to get the job done. Maintain an easy pace and work steadily. Remember the fable of ‘‘The Tortoise and the Hare’’? Highly productive people work with a certain rhythm that allows them to flow through enormous amounts of work without becoming stressed or anxious. As Thomas Carlyle said, ‘‘Our great business in life is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.’’
A hallmark behavior of successful salespeople, executives, and entrepreneurs is that they do one thing at a time. They do the most important thing in front of them, and they stay with it until it is complete. They set priorities and they single-handle their tasks.
Think about results. Result orientation, the ability to get things done, is a key quality of all peak performers. You can develop the ability to concentrate single-mindedly through practice and repetition, over and over, until it becomes an ingrained habit of success. Once you develop the skill of getting things done, the skill will serve you for the rest of your life.
When choosing words for your app:
- Keep it brief. Be concise, simple and precise. Start with a 30 character limit (including spaces), and don’t use more unless absolutely necessary.
- Keep it simple. Pretend you’re speaking to someone who’s smart and competent, but doesn’t know technical jargon and may not speak English very well. Use short words, active verbs, and common nouns.
- Be friendly. Use contractions. Talk directly to the reader using second person (“you”). If your text doesn’t read the way you’d say it in casual conversation, it’s probably not the way you should write it. Don’t be abrupt or annoying and make the user feel safe, happy and energized.
- Put the most important thing first. The first two words (around 11 characters, including spaces) should include at least a taste of the most important information in the string. If they don’t, start over.
- Describe only what’s necessary, and no more. Don’t try to explain subtle differences. They will be lost on most users.
- Avoid repetition. If a significant term gets repeated within a screen or block of text, find a way to use it just once.
In anything, 20% of tasks are critical, 80% are trivial.
Of all the things most people do, most really aren’t that important. Sure, being busy may feel like progress, but it’s important not to confuse activity with progress. Time management masters take the time to identify which tasks on their list are truly critical and focus their attention there. The benefit: they get a lot farther, faster. Of course, to know what tasks are important, you have to be clear on your goals. Buttoned Up has two free goal list printables for getting clarity on that front. Organize multiple goals within a big picture with this printable and use this printable to reach individual goals.
Inertia is a powerful force.
Starting something is the most difficult part of any project, particularly big ones. Your brain may come up with lots of excuses as to why something is too difficult to tackle now, #1 being: I don’t have enough time to get to that right now. Fortunately overcoming project or task inertia is easy. First, break the bigger task into smaller parts. Then, simply grab an egg timer and set it for 10 minutes. Go! It doesn’t matter how much you get done in those ten minutes, but you will have started – and once momentum is on your side, it is much more likely to stay there.
Work will fill up whatever time you have allotted for it.
This statement is otherwise known as Parkinson’s Law. Working with simple and clear deadlines forces you to focus your attention on getting the essentials of the task done. When you give yourself too much time to do something, you tend to make a mountain out of a molehill (and suffer all the anxiety that goes along with having a big, looming task hanging over your head). If you are struggling with this concept, ask yourself the question, “If I had to complete my most pressing project in half the time, how would I do it?”
What you write down – and schedule – gets done.
Parkinson’s Law (#4) has a corollary: if you haven’t allotted any time to complete something you can bet that your empty time slot will be filled with crap or whatever seems most urgent. Have a basic plan for your day, and actually go so far as to schedule critical tasks so that they get crossed off your list.
A Simple Solution: Create an Hourly Plan
At the start of each day, I sit down with my laundry list of to-do’s pick out my top 10, and roughly map out an hour-by-hour approach to cranking through the list.
A. Health & Fitness goals
- Running 4000 meter
- Hiking scewapeek in 20 minutes
- Reduce weight to 150lb
- Running 4000(400 meter * 10 rounds) rounds for 120 days consecutively
- Participate in a marathon
- 120 days of consecutive Suryanamsaskar
- Swimming for 30 minutes
- 120 days YOGA for 30 minutes.
- Hip size 32
- Grand canyon hiking
B. Effective communication
- Getting Toastmaster CC award Achieved (2012,September)
- Getting Toastmaster CL award
- Toastmaster Advance communicator bronze award
- Toastmaster Advance communicator Silver award
- Toastmaster Advance communicator Gold award
- Getting Best Table topics speaker award for 3 times
- Participating and winning district level speech competition
- Writing Blog Daily for 30 days
- Twitting daily increase the followers 1000
- Improve Vocabulary and spellings skills
- Writing blog in Tamil for 30 days daily
- Read Loud 25 pages daily for 30 days
- Write an eBook
- Write a full-length book.
- Do a Stand-up Comedy
- Creative Blog and Writing 3 essays per week
- Writing Tech articles in blog daly for 30 days
- 1000 subscribers to my blogs
- Write and sell a Kindle book
C. Electronics Expert
- Learn MicroController Programming Achieved (Learned Arduino 2012,June)
- Create project using Tiny46 controller.
- Simple insect robo using arduino
- Create toy car which can be controlled by Android application
- Create Robo using Raspberry PI GIPO
D. Learning New Things
- Drawing my own face
- Learning and mastering 25 YOGA
- Learning and mastering 25 storeis
- Learn to create 50 project from http://www.arvindguptatoys.com
- Learning 50 games for shakka
E. Being Happy and Family & Friends
- No argument and fight or advice to wife for 30 days
- Finish my planned task for 120 days
- Help Raji be successful
F. Entrepreneurship Business/Career Goals:
- Build a profitable product/company which give $5000 review per month
- Freelance Programmer and earning $100 per hour
- Become an IT architect
- JAVA Archtec certificate
H. Spiritual life goals
- Reading all slakes in BhavadGetha and understanding
- Mentor someone’s
- Teaching Sanskrit
- Increase sankya 25
- Find the replacement resource in US
I. Financial goals
- Passive income stream
- Buy 1 medium scale house and pay all debt Achieved (2012,October)
- Buy another house to make standard rent revenue
- Having 50lak cash in hand
J Programming and OOAD /Arch
- Algorithm expert and finish the course and do all the exercise
- Finish Udacity Design computer programs with all exercise
- Finish DB class with all exercise
- Expert and doing POC in all java design patterns
One day I got interview from Amazon via Linked In. I never thought of switching company but since it was Amazon I though of attending. I responded saying my interest and with in 5 minutes I got a call from HR. She scheduled interview on Thursday. I had 3 days to prepare for that interview.
I started studying Algorithm . I gained knowledge in Stack, Queue, Binary tree, Linked list..I commited myself only study for interview.. I went thru the all lecture in Courcera Algorithm cource.. Sunday I started do to coding my own.. that is quit interesting and i learned lot when I start coding instead of just looking and walking thru the lessions.
Monday in office, I worked only 1 hour and after then started analyzing all the algorithms. I cancelled my Toastmaster meeting and fully busy in preparing for this interview.. Sunday I got time to write about myself.. which helped me lot during interview..
The day arrives, Morning 6AM, i woke up .. get ready.. and started.. But there was heavy trafic..I went the place and parked my car.. and get into the 2nd floor of the building. I met Sandra , the recepcenist.. She was so cool , she servered water and also give some tocken which i can give for my parking.
Sharply 8 A.M, She asked me to wait in the special room where interviewer come .. I have never seen such kind of interview..
At the beginning , 2 person came one is Indian another amerian, they explanined the role of the company what they are doing.. then I started saying about me.. what I am doing. blob.. blob.. blob.. he asked what the issue i faced and ho w i resolved.. how to deal with presentation team.. how my skills were used ..then he gave a question.. if u give alphabet,it should return corresponding number.. example if a it should return 1, b it should return 2, and z it should return 26.. the catch is if the input is aa, it shoud reurn 27.. i really got confused.. then he helped me to create formula about of that we came with formula somehting… then i start writing code.. but i almost screwed up everyhting .. what heppened to me .. I don’t know .. but it is kind of screed up..
Then, 2 american came.. he is so cool.. he started asking questions..first quetion is quit simple.. i should write a function, that compare 2 folders, file and content and return true only if everything matches with two folders.. So i started writing code.. in my code I first checked the size and if not same return false.. He really appropriated that concept.. then i have done the code that do this operation recursively and I explained him again this.. he is quit happy.. but next question is bit difficult.. he explained a game single man game.. i forgot the game name.. but the game goes like this.. if the living object has less than 3 neighbor it is die.. more than 4 it is dier an if ti as 3 neigbour it alive.. kind of and he askemed me to create object out of that.. I really swerved .. i don’t know how to create object out of that.. i did something and he helped me to create another object.. GameBoard and describe .. but i kind of screwed this part..
here come a India guy who has around 7 year experience.. he said he is working as a dev lead.. His first quetion is how to design a system which get the input from various source such as Facebook, email , twitter, linked in and do the automated response.. he aslo suggested i need to desing a system which have disaster proof and handle multi millinon.. I have created callss and handler of each system such as twitter.. Facebook.. but his expectation was whether ia m using quieue system, object pooling, load balancing..etc.. so i answered kind of ok.. then he asked the to swap child nodes in binary tree.. I wrote array representational of binary truee.. but it seems he was expecting linked list.. so i created linked list.. and wrote a code to swap the list.. he is kind of satisfied..
Next interview, 2 person came 1 person is chinese and another american.. Once entered, Chinese eprson asked to find the next biggest valeu from the target node.. i faced difficulties to understand his acccept. he explained everything by writing.. but somehow i couldn’t find the way to solve the problem.. then he asked how to find target folder.. i created function for that.. then i analzyed and gave the solution that the the we need to search whether the node value is greater than left and less than right target node.. he is kind of OK.. but he said we don’t have time to explain or write code .. he then asked, what are the difficulties faced in our project and how i resolved. i answered it..
5 th interviewer
Next is recruiter,, he asked HR rleatled queestion.. he clearly explained wha is the organization doing.. what the developers are doing there.. he asked my visa status and whether I need transfer or sponsporship.. He said, Amazon process trasfer as well as green card if required.. I asked whether i can work from India…kind of question.. he said.. next itnerview will be in few mintes.. ia m already tirmed.. then he talk with someone and released me.. and came to car parking .. get the car .. and drove directly to my daughter school a.. Picked her and reacher home..
Very nice journey.. Felt i achieved somethng.. Project oriented approach.. 🙂
Lesson learned from this interview:
1, Need to list the issue problem faced and corresponding solution.
2, improve the problem solving skills and avoid just reading and isntead do something..
If you are a father, what would you give to your son or daughter who is going to school/.. Cycle or Car..
Car is usefull.. but Cycle is the wonderful tool which can be used effectvely.. What can’t we apply same in elctronics.. Why prefer giving iPhone WHICH has everyhting.. but some tools /cycle like which can be used to create some stuff..
I am the person who wants to learn more, who wants to know everything and gaining knowledge.. Is knowledge essentials? What is the use of knowledge if I simple acquired but never used. Do I have any knowledge which I have spend more time to acquire but never used? Is there any use of following so many people in twitter and reading almost all the self-improvement article? Have i ever applied any of the things which I have learned
As Einstein said, Imagination rules the world..Imagination is very impotent… Vevekanda also said Knowledge come from inner not from outer world. So I will spend more time on gaining knowledge from inside instead of looking from books.
Have I learned anything just by reading books and watching videos? How much time have i spent on twitter and Facebook. What have I learned from there? First of all what is learning?
Let say I am very expert in Python or Ruby .. What is the use of that.. When my knowledge will be useful? I believe, my knowledge will be useful only if I’ve used my knowledge and doing any goodthing with the people thing worth to use or pay money for that..
What kind of knowledge I have.. Here are the list of knowledge I have
1, Programming skills: JAVA , PHP, RUBY , PYTHON , C, C++, HTML,CSS, JAVA SCRIPT, JQUERY
3, ENGLISH, TAMIL, SANSKRIT, HINDI
4, BUILDING WEBSITE, USING CLOUD
So I’ve everything required to create website or Robot but am i using my knowledge to create useful things.. I am thinking or imaging something from my mind.
Here are this list of skills I have or want to achive and action steps to reach that..
Doing useful stuff using Electronics
Monitrozation of my programing sklls outside job
Write/Draw something daily..
Keep task list simple
Final thought … Spend more time on thinking and doing the stuff which I have.. Come up with the plan which would be useful and profitable..
So to start project.. first allocate funds.. Here I am investing my $200 for my small business.. Let see how it grows..
Why Indians are so cheap? This was the question asked by a pretty strippers…It was happened to me today..She talked so nice..She told I was handsome..She kissed me..huged me. and I did a dance and finally she said , i have to pay thrise as i did kiss.. When I asked why she said i was so cheep..Why I came to US.. just to get bad name to my country.. Get up and get good name.. When I am going to change the name.. When should she ask.. Why Indian are so generous and well-being.. God feared.. Good looking..Hard working , Sincere..I should do something..I gave bad name to my country.. It is too bad.. I should do something to make my country proud.. I should remove the name ‘Cheap’.. I should prove Indians are not cheap.. they are very good people ..
What should I do for that…
1, Don’t follow the short happiness and be good and sincere.
2 Work hard and be so generous
3 Help other
So here after I won’t expect attempt happiness from other people.. I follow Ram PATH..
I will be generous and clean.. Cleaning should be a habit for us..