The 10 tab rule

Let us unclutter my life. Once again.

It takes a lot of work to keep your life clean and organized. But you blink once, and its all back to the same old mess. (Pic)

Oh no, it is back!

That was the first thought in my head.

WHY WAS I SO BOTHERED ABOUT IT?

The way I see it, a screen that looks like that represents your inability to focus more than anything else. And if you can’t focus, you won’t be productive. It was that simple.

A LONG TO-DO LIST IS WHERE ACTION-ITEMS GO TO DIE

And similarly an endless array of open tabs always leads to archiving them to Opentab — and that is where all those ‘interesting’ tabs go. Never to be opened again.

The irony is, the longer your to-do list gets, the likelihood of items on it getting ignored increases exponentially.

Either your tasks will keep on getting delayed to an extent that you simply give up on getting to them, or they get delayed to the point where they have lost the relevance and value they once had.

BUT, AS ENTREPRENEURS, THERE IS ALWAYS A LOT ON OUR PLATES

No one can deny the truth behind that statement, but there are a few things that are noteworthy here:

  1. It is better to solve one or two problems at a time rather than trying to solve 10 different things, and not getting any of them done.
  2. As more and more items keep on joining your “WIP” list, the pileup will get overwhelming and your chances of being able to solve even one of those challenges optimally will drastically reduce.
  3. Entrepreneurs are best known for their ability to work smarter than the rest, and one of the smartest things to do when facing astronomical odds is to pick your battles and keep on winning those — one by one. It gives a boost to your confidence and you will be pumped when you take on the next challenge.

SO WHAT’S THIS GOT TO DO WITH MY TABS?

Because it is all intertwined with each other. The reason I have multiple tabs open on my browser is the myriad of things that have been on my mind, and because of that, I hate to admit that I have not been able to do jackshit done.

That’s it for today, see you tomorrow…..hopefully!

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Abhishek Anand

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