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Productivity: Better to Throw Yourself into One Project Until Completion Before Moving On, Or Work A Little Each Day On Each?

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So if I have 3 equally

So if I have 3 equally important projects, how do I decide if I single focus, working on each one sequentially until completion like an obsession?  Or do I work for an hour per day on each one so they finish around the same time?

The projects have some similar elements so there are benefits to working on them concurrently, but in the past I've done better and avoided overwhelm by just focusing on one until its done.

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I've found focussing on one

I've found focussing on one thing is much better as it tunes your subconscious in to getting it done. Harder to do if you're bouncing between projects and switching mental contexts takes a lot of energy.

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If its a project that is need

If its a project that is need of "breakthrough" thought, its better to have multiple things going as that is said to better equip your subconscious for that eureka moment. Otherwise focus on your "shortest path to success" projects first and use that momentum to to build up to the more complex distant ones.

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Boomer wrote:If its a

Boomer wrote:
If its a project that is need of "breakthrough" thought, its better to have multiple things going as that is said to better equip your subconscious for that eureka moment. Otherwise focus on your "shortest path to success" projects first and use that momentum to to build up to the more complex distant ones.

I didn't know this was a "thing" but this has absolutely been my experience. For example I can't concentrate on the text game book for more than two days at a time otherwise I completely lose touch with the "inspired" mapping out of what text game is. 

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I am setting goals as

I am setting goals as precisely as possible using Brian Tracy's "mindstorming" process.

I'll knock out the common elements as they arise.

And I'm reading/watching relevant videos in between so that will generate new ideas. 

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I listened to Tim ferris'

I listened to Tim ferris' podcast with josh waitzkin/bobby Fischer. In it they talk about how top level guys in finance, who are clients of josh stay productive. Ending your day with a creative problem, sleeping on it and journaling first thing in the morning were stressed points to be super productive. Tim said Hemingway recommend NOT finishing writing but even ending the work day mid sentence. Long walks were also stressed for creative breakthroughs. It's enough to get the blood flowing and get your brain fired up but not enough to hinder the thought process if you were to say go for a run. 

In general you want to stay focused on a single task, switching back and forth jumbles your brain up, but splitting up the work in a day seems to work for me. 30 mins on project a, an hour on project b, etc