…came into work this morning facing one Big Task and lots of little ones. Decided that I would tackle the Big Task first and allow myself to do the little ones as a series of “rewards” during the day. Of course, I made very little headway with either.
On the way home I remembered that the many books on increasing your productivity which I have read all advocate precisely the opposite approach: that you should make a start on the little tasks, because it will get you into a frame of mind where it is easier to get started on the Big Task. Once you have done all the little tasks, or even some of them, you a) have fewer tasks to do overall and b) have a feeling of achievement about the ones you have done and so have a more positive outlook generally.
All I can say is that I haven’t been sleeping well of nights, mainly due to early mornings caused by small people waking me up, so that has impaired my judgement. Early to bed tonight, I think, and a fresh start in the morning.