Our Desire to Get Things Done Can Undermine Effectiveness. Use Completion Bias to Our advantage.

I believe many of us can relate to the following quote: “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent. —Dwight D. Eisenhower”. 

From a rational perspective it seems logical to start with our most important goals first in a workday. If we look to the study below there is a better idea. Instead we should start with some easy tasks we could immediately cross over in our “To Do List”. This way our brain rewards us with dopamine leading to improved attention, memory, and motivation getting ready for the more important tasks ahead. These are the positive aspects of “Completion Bias”. The challenge is to stay away from overfocus on completing things that are easy to complete but not leading to our overall goals.

Read the study here.