WHERE WILL I START?
When you don’t know where to start, the best place is to start where you are. Sounds ridiculous but it’s that simple! That means get up from where you are and do one thing…. one small thing. Start something.
2 MINUTE GOAL
Can you focus for two minutes? Ok, so that’s easy, right? ‘But what can I get done in two minutes… that’s not enough time to get anything done’ you’re thinking… So what’s the point here? It’s to get moving… to start…
Maybe you have a to-do list as long as your arm. Maybe your head is full of clutter and you don’t even know what’s bothering you or what should be on your to-do list.
In my examples here I’ll use house chores, but you can apply these tips to any situation – whether you are a homemaker or a business executive!
THE “BRAIN DECLUTTER” LIST
My first piece of advice (from personal experience) is this: do not sit down and spend a long time making a list. However, don’t ignore the idea of a list if it helps either. (Just don’t sit down and dwell on it too long; you’ll find you’re spending more time planning than doing).
Get up off your a*** , get a piece of paper and a pen. Write on that piece of paper roughly anything that’s in your mind – randomly and quickly.
Next, and though this seems trivial, it is important, put on some music. Choose something lively, not slow or sad. The radio is very good; it is life… any radio show with music and talking in between is fine.
Now all that should not have taken too long… let’s move onto the next step. Do one thing. Just start. It’s as simple as that: just do one little task that’s on that list. Perhaps it’s to do the dishes or put on a wash. Don’t think about it any longer – just start.
You’ll notice when you do this (ie. get started at a task) that one task will trigger another. Another little note of advice here is this: if one task seems daunting or is an extra long task, don’t dwell on it too long. Yes, we want to get it finished, but we also want to move onto our other tasks. So split it up. I find the washing long and boring. So break up the task: taking out one load is a step forward… folding all the vests is another… folding all the towels is another… putting on the next load is another… etc etc. In between the steps of the longer tasks, do some other little small task, make that phone call to the bank or sweep the floor.
Use a timer if it helps. Get straight into the task once you set that timer, however… Set a timer for 2 minutes and see how you’ve done after the two minutes. You’ve started and you won’t want to stop.
DON’T WAIT FOR MOTIVATION TO START – START AND THE MOTIVATION WILL FOLLOW…
Keys here: Just start / Do one thing / One small step at a time / Don’t dwell on one thing for too long/ Use a timer