Deadlines are sometimes necessary, i.e. you need to renew your driver's license before it expires or you'll be in violation of the law. But for most of our own personal and business projects, date-based deadlines work against us.
Here's an example: a date-based deadline to write the first draft of a short story by October 31st is actually a terrible idea. Why? If today is October 1st, that gives us 31 days to procrastinate. Worse, if we do procrastinate, and October 31st comes and goes, and no first draft is in sight, we get depressed. On the other hand, if we do it on October 2nd, then we usually get cocky, applauding ourselves for completing the task 30 days ahead of schedule. The result: we slow down our momentum.
The solution? Get rid of the dates, and use strive periods instead. Strive to write the first draft of a short story with the strive period of This Week. This accomplishes a few things. First, it encourages you to get it done sooner. Second, if 10 days go by, and you look at your list, guess what: it still says, "Write the first draft of a short story this week." What does this do? It takes away the self-beration that occurs when an actual dated-deadline passes without accomplishment. Every day you wake up and it is still "Today" and every week is still "This Week".
Of course, you need to actually want to accomplish the tasks, but that's where 5-minute tasks come in. It's easier to accomplish the 5-minute task of 'write 5 titles for potential books' than it is to 'write a book'. Writing a book is impossible; but breaking it down into smaller steps makes it easy to find the motivation to get things done.
Further, if you do accomplish your strive sooner than expected (and you will), by using StriveList, you won't get cocky! Yes the task is done, but even if all of your 'Today' and 'This Week' tasks get done, you will always have your 'This Month' and 'This Year' tasks to jump into immediately, because Today is a part of This Week is a part of This Month is a part of This Year and so on.
Bottom line, Dr. Mann's philosophy of strives as a motivation builder and procrastination destroyer are proven through psychological research, and in the hundreds of "Time Zen" and "StriveList" user success stories worldwide.
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Enough with trying to keep up with your to-do lists; it's time for your to-do lists to finally start keeping up with you! StriveList is an intuitive, FUN, addictive, and mind-blowlingly effective to-do list for your life and all its projects, inspired by psychology and the recognition that strives are far more effective than 'due dates'. Based on Dr. Monroe Mann's time management philosophy from his best-selling book, 'Time Zen'. Coded and launched with love by Monroe Mann.