My two favourite tips on how to get started
Datum: 2014-10-16 09:14
Do you tend to procrastinate the type of tasks you know you “should” do now or perhaps even should have done a while ago? I know, sometimes it can be seemingly impossible to get started with certain tasks.
We feel reluctant and avoid the task as much and for as long as we can. But, opposite to what we might think, this does not make us feel very good. At the back of our mind we are thinking mean thoughts about ourselves and our inability to get going with what we know we need to get done.
What if we could make use of a trick in these situations, a method that jumpstarts us immediately without giving us much time to hesitate? If we did, we would have fewer deadlines lagging behind and instead have plenty of time for that extra finishing touch that does so much for the finished product or task.
Two kinds of starter cables
Allow me to share two of my best ways to get going when one of my tasks has been put off for much too long (or perhaps has not even been started).
- Sit down to work on what you have procrastinated, but only for a short while, such as ten minutes. Then allow yourself a short break. Take another ten minutes to continue working followed by another short break. Repeat this alternation until you really have gotten started. When you know you only have to put up with working on the task for ten minutes, the feeling of reluctance diminishes.
- Allow yourself to empty your mind as a first step. If you only need to write down all the thoughts regarding the task which are spinning around in your mind anyway as a first step, the threshold to getting started again next time will not be as high as it initially was. You do not have to produce something, only get what is already filling your mind to the brim on paper.
To do or not to do… is no longer a problem
If you make use of a classic and well-tried trick to get started immediately rather than postponing something you have both the time and opportunity to complete today, you will have more time at your disposal to complete the tasks. If you are like me, you will also feel much better since you are not constantly reminded of the tasks you “should” do, but are for some reason not doing (at least now, but, probably, will do later). Your ideas will be realized and implemented much quicker and you will get back to those waiting for a response from you faster as well.
What is your trick?
What is your best trick to get started when feeling slow and unmotivated? Tell me and others in a comment below!