A Million Things Half Done!
At this very moment, thousands of floors are being paced, back and forth, forth and back.
Upset folks are shaking their heads, mumbling when they should be listening,
and sweating buckets when they ought to be sleeping – all due to the ceaseless haunting of tasks undone.
In the 1920s, a psychologist named Bluma Zeigarnik visited a restaurant and found a unique thing about that restaurant.
The restaurant servers didn’t carry any notebooks to take the orders.
They memorized every order until the meal had been served and the payment had been made.
But as soon as the payment was made, they forgot all the order details.
She suspected something was going on, dedicated years to researching the phenomenon, and came up with a hypothesis.
This hypothesis has been named Zeigarnik effect after its founder, Bluma Zeigarnik.
This phenomenon is a double-edged sword, and you can utilize this phenomenon to remember more without using memory tricks,
achieve your goal or beat procrastination.
The Zeigarnik Effect states that people tend to remember interrupted or incomplete tasks more quickly than the task that has been completed.
If you have unfinished tasks or anything you want to do but have no idea what to do about it, Zeigarnik Effect comes to play.
Thought about those tasks will come popping up in your mind.
This can be a double-edged sword.
You will invest precious mental energy thinking about those tasks unconsciously, and your brain will work in the background,
figuring out how to complete the tasks. It can be mentally distracting or solution-giving insights based on your approach.
Twilight Zone before end Zone: This says that you should always think about the need to finish.
Most people have an innate drive to finish what they start. Let people finish projects; if they can’t, show understanding and make up for it.
If you want to help people get things done and be more engadged for finishing tasks, help them think about the end first.
**Bringing the end to our awareness will make us eager to complete the task
It’s like, you suddenly start noticing the same car everywhere the moment you decide to buy that specific car,
or you start seeing dogs around the moment you decide that you are going to adopt a puppy.
The universe is not magically plotting these things; these things were there even before. But you never paid attention to it.
Once you decide to have a puppy, your brain unconsciously becomes more vigilant towards any dog. You tend to see more dogs everywhere you look.
So set a goal with your team and let the magic of the Zeigarnik Effect work in your favor, showing you the path by becoming more vigilant towards anything related to your goal.
Aim for Greatness, not Perfection (Especially for Perfectionists)
Perfectionists work hard but often put things off until the last minute.
Why? Because their need to be perfect scares them and makes it hard for them to start or finish a task.
“To be perfect” means “to be perfect, which is the most desirable thing that can be thought of.
” Perfect is hard to imagine, let alone reach unless it is a simple multiple-choice test.
Excellence, on the other hand, means “having the higher quality or being very good.
” This is easier to picture and more likely to come true.
Trying to be the best is also a bigger idea. Who knows where your skills, goals, and successes could take you?
Many very successful teams didn’t know they would get to where they are now.
They just worked hard and took advantage of the chances that came their way.
On the other hand, trying to be perfect keeps you comparing your work to some vague standard that may only make sense to you.
“Always do your best” is something most perfectionists heard as kids.
This sounds like good advice; however, it doesn’t always work out in real life.
You can’t do your best in everything because you don’t have enough time, energy, or resources in your busy life.
So, kindly choose how you want to spend your time and energy. Then, try to do your best. Don’t try to be the best.
If you procrastinate on some projects, the first thing to do is start working on them,
however small you start. And because of the Zeigarnik Effect,
you will spend mental energy thinking and worrying about it, and hopefully, ultimately, you will complete the project.
“I’ll try to clean up my mess of papers.”
If you focus on the facts and not on how you feel, your assumptions are more likely to match up with reality.
Here’s how a person who causes a crisis might jump to a wrong conclusion based on what he wants it to be instead of what it is.
Insist on Definition of done and definition of ready for your team sprint, user stories and tasks.
This way, the facts will lead the way to what “done ” is and make it easier to focus and accomplish in an accountable manner their tasks
Tip 6: You can’t do everything, so figure out what’s most essential and learn to say NO (Especially for People Who Try Too Hard to Please)
Over doers work very hard, but not in a smart way. So, work keeps piling up. When they have too much to do,
they put things off as a way to “say no.” Here are some ways to effectively make use of your time:
Promote Mental Well-Being
The Zeigarnik effect can make you feel better. It can also help people get through these kinds of problems.
People are more likely to finish what they start after thinking about it. When these tasks are done,
they can give you a sense of accomplishment, self-respect, and confidence. Below are few ways you can improve your mental well-being: