MoJen is a serial entrepreneur who created this productivity method after managing and developing multiple projects simultaneously for more than 18 years in the US and the UK. She started using the phrase deliberate work after reading about deliberate practice and deliberate learning and wondering why work was left out.
As an avid productivity geek and a completionist, MoJen felt it was her duty to round out the deliberate trifecta. Her talk is reproduced here with her permission. If you find it useful or interesting, feel free to share the link.
This is the formal title of my talk.
OK! Let’s get started.
When everything is crossed off, I’m finished!
Deliberate work allows you to think through your solutions first and explore them quickly without doing any work at all. Time saved!
(This concept is related to rubber duck debugging.)
Breaking large scary tasks down into smaller ones makes them less intimidating and easier to conquer.
Also, marking things off as done feels nice and is a great motivator. Finish one, finish them all!
- If you have to do the same task again or explain it to someone else, you don’t have to start from scratch.
- If you need to ask for help, you can explain clearly what you’ve done
- If you have a code review (or you’re writing your CV), you have documentation of what you’ve worked on.
You can’t improve what you don’t measure. (Not actually said by Peter Drucker.)
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