A different kind of “done”

It feels good to check off a task on your list and mark it done. You’d like to be able to do that more often but you only have so much time and energy. What if instead of waiting until you complete the task you mark it as done when you do ANY work on it? Does that sound a little nutty? Hold on, Skippy. Let me ‘splain. Marking a task as done doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to do. It simply means you’re done for now. If there’s more work to do, you can put it back on your list. Huh? Why would you mark it as done and then put it back on the same list? Because doing that will help you to get better at planning and actually finishing your work. You stopped working on the task for a reason. You didn’t allow enough time, you needed more information, or something more important came up. Or maybe you ran out of gas and just didn’t feel like continuing. By understanding why you stopped, the next time you have a task like this…

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