If you want to get things done, place yourself under pressure or accept external pressure. You’ll work more effectively.
Build it into your schedule – without going so far as to cause panic. One person’s pressure is another’s ease, so choose the amount of push that enhances your efficiency.
Russian concert pianist Konstantin Shamray says: “Once you are busy, really busy, you get more organised and get more done. It is as if some hidden reserves open up within you.”
Without some urgency Parkinson’s Law applies. Restrict your working time, by say booking an afternoon round of golf before going into the office in the morning.
Another hack is to make a list that’s too long, knowing that all the items don’t have to be knocked off in 24 hours – although you will try.
The scope of projects that benefit from self-imposed deadlines will vary greatly, from “This is what I intend getting done before bedtime” to “Here’s what I want to make my legacy.”
Lifetime’s work or a well-filled hour. A firm schedule can benefit both.