Productivity Tip: Turn Off Your Brain and Act (or Stop Over-Thinking Small Tasks)

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There are times in life when we have to think, sit down and plan out a course of action.

There are other times when it pays to not do so much focused thinking, planning or analysis.

Consider taking a breaking from thinking and just do something!

Huh? It’s pretty a simple concept and you don’t have to commit to a “leap-before-you-look” way of life. Instead, try using this tip on those little tasks, errands, or day-to-day items that don’t require much brainpower or mental effort (you know which ones I’m talking about). Get your body in motion and your mind will come along for the ride.

For example, you’ve been meaning to make a phone call to someone for a while now but have been putting it off. Trick your mind and just simply act; pick up the phone, start dialing the number and then, well, there you go, you are already half-way there to making your phone call.

Instead of pouring your energy into thinking about something that doesn’t really require much thought, just act. You might be surprised at how fast and easy it can be to accomplish all those little tasks you’ve been thinking about for too long.

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