Today’s Word: constraint

November 21, 2018   =========

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A constraint is something limits or controls what you can do. Sometimes having constraints can actually really help us reach our goals. Do you know Dr. Seuss? He is most famous for his Cat in the Hat books. His editor challenged him to write a book with the constraint of only using 50 words. If you read his book, Green Eggs and Ham, you’ll see that he only used 50 different words!

So, while we tend to think that constraints are limiting and negative, they can actually be extremely helpful! Putting constraints on your To Do list, or the individual tasks on your list can help in a couple of ways. Firstly, the constraints will provide you will clear directions – when to start, what to do, when to do it by, for example. Secondly, constraints should help decrease distractions and help you focus, because you know your constraints. And finally, constraints can help you be more creative, because you have to work out how to get something done – like write a storybook with just 50 words – with the constraints you have set.

Have you ever tried using constraints to help you get things done?