There are always office tasks—whether it’s compliance forms or calling back that tetchy client—that tend to fall to the bottom of an advisor’s to-do list.
Those tasks can languish as other, more pleasant, items come up. Such is procrastination.
So when you catch yourself putting something off for the umpteenth time, remember the Zeigarnik effect, suggests New York magazine. Psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik observed that once someone starts a task, he or she is internally driven to finish it.
That means starting the task is actually the hardest part. So if you’re intimidated by something on your to-do list, push through and start working, says NY mag. Chances are the work will be easier than you thought.
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