The secret to getting things done in an efficient manner, though, is pretty simple: Just get started. Instead of spending precious time thinking about how hard the task is going to be or how long it’s going to take you, put those thoughts aside and just do it already.
Why? There is a construct of the mind called the Zeigarnik Effect, and it causes us to finish what we’ve started. If we initiate a task and leave it hanging, we become uncomfortable and can’t stop thinking about it. In other words, it’s our own built-in nagging system (yay!).
Watch this AsapSCIENCE video to learn more about the science behind productivity as well as more tips on how to attain it (and how to pronounce Zeigarnik). And when you’re done, get started on that project you’ve been putting off.
Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author