1. Think on paper. Prepare thoroughly. List every step of the job in advance. Break the job down into its constituent parts before you begin.
2. Give yourself an achievement: you can think that after completing the take you should give something that it will fulfill you and make you happy with it.
3. Gather all the materials and work tools you will need before you begin so you won’t have to get up or move until the task is done. Do one small thing to get started. Often the first 20 percent of the task accounts for 80 percent of the value. Once you get started, it is much easier to keep going.
4. “Salami slice” the task. Sometimes the best way to complete a major job or project is to take a small slice and complete just that one piece.
5. Practice the “Swiss cheese” technique. Just as a block of Swiss cheese is full of holes, you treat your task like a block of cheese and you punch holes in it, selecting a five-minute part of the job and doing just that.
6. Start from the outside and complete the smaller tasks first. Often this will help you to overcome procrastination and get you started on the big task.
7. Start from the inside and do the larger tasks first. Discipline yourself to start on the one item that will take the most time and require the most effort. Once you complete this task, all the other tasks will seem easier by comparison.