“Just enough sense to stick with something—a chore, task, project, until it’s completed pays off much better than idle intelligence, even if idle intelligence be of genius caliber.” ~ David J. Schwartz from The Magic of Thinking Big
How about a new word: “stickability“—the ability to stick with something until it’s done.
As Schwartz says: “stickability is 95 percent of ability.”
Do you give up? Or do you see things through to their completion?
All the great time management guys (Brian Tracy, Tim Ferriss, Steve Pavlina, etc.) teach something called “single-handling”: that is, touch something ONCE and don’t put it down till it’s complete.
You get your mail from the mailbox? Good. Don’t walk away from it until you’ve gone through it and paid all the bills and completed what needed to be done with the stack. DO NOT set it down on the desk and then look at it a hundred times for a week until you finally either get to it or forget about it.
Checking email? Don’t go into your inbox unless you intend to respond to what’s in there and DEFINITELY respond IMMEDIATELY if it’ll take you less than a few minutes.
When I hit a little creative bump, I fight the urge to flee and stick to it. And my productivity has SOARED.
Let’s add the “stick” to our ability and watch our lives take off! :