Updated: Sep 25, 2021
Principles And Methods To Study Successfully
by Santiago Mengual
PRINCIPLE ONE: Start the day wth the most critical work.
Most of the stuff we do is not essential. Make sure to cut out things that are not important
from your to-do list. Take this advice and ask yourself before every action: is this necessary?
With this you will eliminate superfluous actions, and give you more time and control to do
crucial work. You need to identify what not to do.
Once you have figured out the things that create the most impact on your work. Find your
most important task and do it first. Never procrastinate on hard work. We assume that
productivity is getting more things done each day, but the truth is productivity is all about
getting important things done consistently. It is about maintaining an undeviating stream of
time and effort on the important things which have a tendency of being more difficult than
Do this most important task first thing in the morning, it is your one opportunity to prioritize
the thing that matters to you the most because the deeper you get into your day, the more
likely it is that unexpected tasks will demand your attention. And it becomes less likely that
you’ll be able to spend your time as you’ve planned. Once you’ve gotten the most important
task out of the way, then the rest will look easy in comparison.
PRINCIPLE TWO: Focus on getting your work done.
When starting off, don't focus on making work well yet, focus on getting work done.
To do stuff well, you need hours and hours of practice. Once you are doing this, focus on how you can improve your work. The best means to accomplish this is by having a feedback loop. You should take the approach that you’re wrong, your goal is to be less wrong. There's
always room for improvement in every area. Constantly think how you can do things better,
once you are already doing things.
Focusing on getting better and better, you have by your side the fact that you have already
started doing things. The step-by-step of how to do things is as follows:
1. Do things
2. Do things well
3. Do things well and directed
The function of your work is to move yourself forward, not to be perfect or preserve
indefinitely. Your work cannot push yourself to your limits if you never get it done. Getting
better is a matter of patience and persistence, because time spent in an activity results in
METHOD ONE: Deactivate the bomb method.
The following time management method is an alternative to the Pomodoro Technique, it
serves the function of aiding you to do a day's work in 90 minutes.
Imagine yourself in this situation: You have to defuse a bomb by solving a series of problems
within 90 minutes, if you don't, it explodes and you die. At your disposal, 90 minutes to
defuse this bomb/finish the task you have at hand. You’ll achieve this through the following
1. Define what it means to defuse the bomb. Clear and well-defined goal of what you
want to achieve in this 90 minute period.
2. Remove all distractions. Do not work on anything other than the bomb, that is, your
task. Don’t allow yourself to fall for temptations or excuses: there is a bomb about to
3. Work fast. Think and decide fast, feel the adrenaline. If you find yourself working
slowly, speed up: there is a bomb about to explode.
4. Never start without a map. If to deactivate the bomb you have to go from point A to
point B you must go in a straight line. A map is a rough list of the steps you have to
follow to complete the task and defuse the bomb.
Adapted from “How I do a whole day's work in 90 minutes”. www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKWsy5Bb6UA
METHOD TWO: The rule of five method.
Whenever you need to do something but don't feel like it, immediately start counting down
from five and once you get to one just start doing it. It sounds dumb but works. The Rule is
about pushing yourself even when you don’t want to. It’s about taking control of your own
life. If you do not take physical action within five seconds, your resistance will kill your
impulse. You do your countdown. You take action. Even when you don’t want to, get started.
Set goals, make a plan, set a timer, and get started.
Be in control. The less you obey distractions and temptations, the more in control you are.
You are always in control of what you can do with your time and you can choose to stop
feeding your distractions and focus on the task at hand. By the use of these methods and
principles you’ll be able to take back control over your own time.
Adapted from “Mel Robin’s Five Second Rule”. https://www.utilityavenue.com/mel-robbins-5-second-rule/ and https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/cgu4bz/how_do_you_stop_being_a_lazy_useless_piece_of_shit/