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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 46. Breaking down things: How to eat an elephant

When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.

Creighton Abrams

One of the main reasons for procrastination—which is the bane of productivity—is problem admiration: being so busy admiring the size of a problem that you don’t actually try and solve it. When we look at tasks in their entirety, they can seem much larger and intimidating than they really are.

In this chapter, I’m going to talk about a productivity hack than can help you overcome procrastination: breaking things down. By breaking down big tasks into smaller ones, you’ll find that you’re more motivated to get them done and you’ll make much steadier progress toward achieving your goals.

Why bigger isn’t always better

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