Irrespective of who you are and what you do, you need to know this: You can NOT do everything. Every time you try, you will do even less.
Common misconceptions that make you think you can do everything:
- You set unrealistic goals and timelines.
- You believe you are the only one who can do the task.
- You confuse the process of planning with making progress.
- You stress and become less productive when you start falling behind on your timelines.
- You think you won't procrastinate.
What you should do instead:
- Set realistic timelines. More critical: review and adjust timelines regularly based on progress.
- Find friends, peers, others, and delegate.
- Don't obsess about the output. Focus on progress.
- Create a routine, carve out at least 2 hours for deep work. Minimize deviations to the routine.
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