3. Apply the Pareto principle
How often do you find your day has been dominated by trivia? The Pareto principle suggests that 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results.
Unfortunately it is on this top 20% that we are most likely to procrastinate, instead spending our time on the least important 80%. So before you begin to work on anything ask yourself “Is this task in the top 20%?” You may be in the habit of starting your day clearing up small things first; it may be difficult to break this habit, but just discipline yourself for one week to always start with something in your top 20% (i.e. towards a major goal) before embarking on any other activity.