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Do the most unpleasant tasks first

Start your day by doing the most unpleasant tasks first.

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Most of us have a task or two on that we really don’t want to do, and we procrastinate by doing other, less difficult or unpleasant tasks, often reasoning that we need to do those first. This goes for work and non-work life. The scientific literature on self-control suggests that willpower, our ability to make ourselves do things, is a very limited resource, and is at its peak early in our day. Given that, it’s best to do the most unpleasant tasks first and move from those to progressively more pleasant tasks as the day goes on. This approach will maximize our productivity.

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/the-worst-thing-on-your-to-do-list-first.html