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Friday, April 26, 2013

How To Maximize Your Results By Doing Something Significant First!

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Do Something Significant First

How you begin something plays an important part in how effective it is in accomplishing its goal

Significant: 

Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention
Important, meaningful, momentous, notable

Why?

FOUNDATION

It creates a strong foundation
Doing something significant first is like laying a strong, sturdy foundation for building something amazing on top of.

SEQUENCE

Sequence matters
When you put something significant first, all other (less significant) things that follow it tend to ‘fall into place’ better. In other words, little (insignificant) things tend to fill in the gaps left in the wake of bigger (significant) things - the opposite is not true.

IMPORTANCE

It defines what’s important 
We tend to give greater attention and importance to things that are first - first in time, first in position, etc. Put significant things first, and they’ll be given greater attention and importance - which is what they should have.

When/How?

At the start of your day

Begin each day by working on a significant task first - this will likely be the thing you look forward to doing least.
Result: Your days will become massively more productive
  • Avoid doing insignificant tasks first (Facebook, TV, the news)

At the start of of a talk/presentation

A talk or presentation should always begin with something important, attention-grabbing, and memorable.
Result: Your audience will remember it - it sets the tone

At the start of a project

Get projects off to a great start by working on, and completing, something significant about the project first.
Result: It creates positive momentum

At the top of a page

Place attention-grabbing headlines at the top of pages (websites, articles, newsletters, etc).
Result: Readers will be inclined to read more

Significant First Actions:

  • Do something important 
  • Say something meaningful 
  • Share something notable 
  • Show something engaging 
  • Communicate something humorous

“If everything is important, then nothing is.” - Patrick Lencioni
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” - Mark Twain

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