6 – Do the Most Important Task First

This is the eighth post in the series of Daily Habits, which is about a listing of useful habits that should be a part of a productive person’s daily routine. To read, you can start here.

The most important pillar of a morning routine is to start the day, whether at home or office, with one task that is absolutely crucial for your day to go down as a success. Many people call it MIT (Most Important Task) First while Brian Tracy named it “Eating that Frog”.

There are many reasons for rising early in the morning and concentrating on the most important task of the day for at least 1 or more hours.

  • A very important concept that is often ignored is the concept of state of mind. Mind works best when it is in a clear state: it is not just a simple input output system. It has memory elements with most recent information and events stored in there which directly affects our neutral state and subsequent physical and emotional energy. Whatever we do next gets affected by that state of mind. This is very similar to priming effect in psychology. When we wake up, usually there is nothing stored in there and our state of mind is as calm as water in a lake. Then, we can make full use of our powerful brain by concentrating on the task at hand without much distractions. From people, from electronic media (read Facebook and messaging apps), from everything we encounter in the world. It is like starting the system after a reset just at that time.

    Since the happenings of the day usually pollute our mind with what is there, this is the best time to accomplish a task or multiple tasks that can generate the best results for our life.

  • It is difficult to do initially as we want to start the day in a relaxing manner. Taking the most significant task straight away amounts to getting uncomfortable right after waking up. This is because growth in every project, every pursuit and every mission lies in going towards the edge of what is familiar and comfortable. Hence the name eating the frog.
  • In addition to the state of mind, our physical energy is at its peak having woken up from a long sleep. If it doesn’t feel so, it doesn’t matter. Once you start working, you will have all the energy that is needed.
  • If you are one of those who rise very early in the morning, you are making a great sacrifice. It is then natural to use this time for the most important tasks.
  • There can be an argument whether the same can be said about being a night owl instead of an early bird and get the same advantages. Obviously it depends on the persons themselves. I do think though that one can be an early bird for 50 years of their life but is it possible to be a night owl for that much time? I don’t know.
  • Concentrating on important tasks first thing in the morning is in line with the law of forced efficiency, which says that there is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important things.
  • What is the best way to keep moving towards your goals? Yes, spend time on it every single day. MIT first strategy ensures this outcome.
  • This is one of the best cures I know of against procrastination.

Just in case you are a person who cannot rise early in the morning due to a specific situation, then remember that MIT first is a special case of the general concept of Time Blocking. Time blocking is a concept I came to know about after reading the excellent book The One Thing by Gary Keller. It means that you should block a fixed number of hours during the same time every day to accomplish your most important task, MIT. Phone and social media can be switched off, nobody should be in a position to disturb and you just work with single-minded focus.

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