I hate doing the dishes with a passion. Yet and still, I often deliberately leave some dishes for the following day.
In Make Your Bed, the author William H. McRaven, a retired four-star US Navy SEAL admiral, argues that Navy SEAL’s are encouraged to make their bed the very first thing in the morning. Even though it’s not a challenging task, checking off a tiny task helps lift the inertia. It gets us going and provides us with the sweet joy of accomplishment.
Now, one can’t make their bed when their partners are still in it. That’s why I kick start my morning with dishes. Stupid dishes.
Boost productivity by breaking up a large project into many small tasks. Get started with a minor task, even when it seems relatively meaningless.
After all, inertia is a beast, and as Albert Einstein said, nothing happens until something moves.