Hit The Toughest Part First

February 9, 2013 3:47 am

The human mind is very good at dividing a problem into many parts. But there is an unintended consequence: the mind also knows that it needs to work hard to solve the tougher parts, so the default approach it takes, is to hit the easier ones first. As a result, the toughest part remains unsolved until the very last. As an example, how many of us have thought of a project idea, and registered a domain name as the first ‘execution step’? Why do you think we do that?

The problem with the ‘toughest part last’ approach is this: the toughest part, in most cases, will also be the most critical part. Which also means that the net progress made would be very less until the very end.

One effective solution to this problem is to train the mind to hit the toughest part first. It has to be a conscious effort, and it will take quite a while for this to become a habit. But if you get into the habit of hitting the toughest part first, you will soon be a very effective problem solver. Try it.

And of course, you should Just Finish Everything.

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