Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think gives that final bit of insight to help figure out how you really get things done–work like you’re going on vacation.

“The deadline of leaving is the thing that’s finally going to motivate you to get it done. The stuff that gets on your backlog is usually big and intimidating, anything that takes deep, concentrated, uninterrupted time to get done.”

It makes sense. We procrastinate, especially on the big things. Knowing (or pretending) you’ll be gone for two weeks kicks those organizational skill into overdrive. Do it, delegate it or delete it, aka kick ass.

Read How To Clear Your Mind And Your Inbox And Actually Take A Vacation.


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