How to Finish Tasks

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  1. Get a friend. (or Twitter, etc.)
  2. "I will finish X by Wednesday."
  3. Tell another friend.

The more friends you tell, the likelier you beat X into submission by _______ day.

The Commitment Psychological Trick

According to the world's greatest psychologist (Robert Cialdini):

  1. You're much likelier to make good on a goal if you declare it publicly
  2. Consistency keeps our reputation intact (i.e., we like to feel 'always' right)

For instance:

  1. Bob declares himself as a Democrat (or Republican). 
  2. He's likelier to believe along party lines, regardless of his knowledge about X, if you question him.

We keep a consistent image about ourselves to maintain our 'always right' image.

Declaring your goals publicly, then, drives you to obliterate your goals to maintain your image.

Optimize Your Team

Have your teammates commit to something:

  • Schmo: "I will try to finish this by Friday!"
  • You: "OH NO NO NO. There's no TRY around here. What will you do?"
  • Schmo: "I will finish this by Friday! Yay!"

BAM:

  1. The public declaration drives Schmo to finish stuff by Friday.
  2. You drastically increase your chances of getting Schmo's completed work.
  3. Your business = UP.

Gradually have you and your team declare bigger and better goals.

You'll start finishing more stuff, and produce more for your customers.

Publicize goals.

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Posted on November 30

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