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How to Trick Your Brain to Get More Done

Workers at an office excited

I was having a tough time getting started on my #1 task.

One more cup of coffee, answering an unimportant email.

How can you quickly, easily get past what is holding you back to get it done?

It starts with a simple tool to trick your brain.

Since science tells us stalling comes with a price, the sooner we start, the better.

The more you stall, the lower your energy, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

Take on your #1 goal today, just dig in.

Use “GIT” – Give It Ten (minutes that is).

Set your timer for 10 minutes – and commit to working for just 10 minutes.

The steps:

1. Write down your #1 task.

2. Set your timer for 10 minutes.

3. Hit start.

4. Work non-stop for 10 minutes.

Why this works:

1. Your brain doesn’t like to commit (you know this already) to long projects.

2. By tricking your brain with “only 10 minutes” you get focused quickly.

3. And, since your brain loves putting all its attention to one tough challenge…

4. You will soon get into flow. Flow is focused, calm, creative thinking.

Within minutes you will be calmer, feel better, and get more done.

When your timer goes off, re-set it and return to your work. Keep going.

Now you have momentum (flow) and before you know it, you will have finished.

Just keep going!

Get it done - and tell yourself, “This day is going well. I am making progress.”

Try it now.

Write down what you need to get done.

Set the timer.

Get started to get it done.

Commit to just 10 minutes – it works like magic.

Congratulations! You “Gave It Ten” (GIT) and got it done.

“GIT” was named by the Coca-Cola Charlotte IT team and inspired by the book, “Eat Your Frog,” by Brian Tracy.


Paula’s leadership training transforms your company’s culture into a place that engages and retains top talent, saving millions. Her clients include Coca-Cola, Lowe’s, Microsoft, KPMG and Collins Aerospace. She can be reached at

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Training Leaders to be Resilient ​

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