Getting started is always the most daunting part of any project, whether it be writing a blog or putting together a new marketing strategy. It is human nature to put off doing things that make us feel uncomfortable or something that we perceive as difficult. I know that many of you feel the same way as I do when you are faced with a task that is new or not yet completely comfortable to you. It is easy to keep putting it off, knowing that the task will always be there.
Sometimes I hear myself telling my kids that they need to work on a school project bit by bit and I feel like an incredible hypocrite because I am doing the same thing.
Here are some of the things that I do to unstick myself when I am facing something that doesn’t just flow or is hugely important to do, but not as urgent as the day-to-day fires that I am always putting out. The things that work for me when I am just plain procrastinating and loathing myself for it.
I have a wonderful mentor. He reminds me that I need to do the things that are important so that my business will flourish and grow. I highly recommend that you find someone in your life that will gently prod you to do the things that you know you should – or if you need to, hire a coach to nudge you along. Tell them everything that you are working on and why it is important to you. Ask them to help you be accountable. It is amazing what a little prodding can do.
I have to schedule time to work on whatever the task or project may be. I do this everyday on my calendar. I treat that time just like it is an appointment with a customer. Only a huge emergency would make me cancel an appointment like that. Working on your business is just as important as working in your business as Michael Gerber or Steven Covey would say. Some people are morning people and can set aside time first thing in the morning, I am not a morning person, so I schedule time during the time of day that I am my most creative, early afternoon. Do whatever works for you, but make sure to put it on your calendar and make it a priority. One other hint: If it is a long project or ongoing area of your business, don’t schedule a big block of hours one day a week; instead, schedule a bit of time each day. That way, if you miss one day, you aren’t behind for an entire week. Sometimes, I change my location when I have a task that I have been putting off.
I change from my office to another room in my house, sometimes I actually leave and go to the library or somewhere that I can write or think in peace. I find that by doing this, I am not as tempted to check my email, read others blogs or anything else that I use as an excuse to not get started. If I stay in my office, I will turn off email and my phone, put on classical music and begin.