Decomposing & Working To Completion


One way to address a complex problem is through decomposition. You take the large problem and break apart the problem space into smaller, more manageable pieces. You can continue decomposing each of these pieces until you arrive at a granularity that is solvable.

One caveat is getting to a huge list of items. This can be overwhelming. When too many things that require attention creep in, thrashing occurs when trying to get things done due to the effort involved in switching context from task to task. Getting out of the resulting inertia is vital.

  1. Order your tasks by effort and priority
  2. Take the task with the least effort and highest priority
  3. Complete the task
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