Procrastination–at least for me–tends to be caused by one of 3 things:

  1. It’s unclear why I’m doing a particular task;
  2. I’m unsure what the next step is; or
  3. I’m afraid of doing a poor job of something; so I don’t start it at all.

Thankfully each of these has a relatively simple solution, and lends itself to a procrastination checklist. When I’m putting something off, I can work down the list.

  • Why am I doing this? What is the end result I’m hoping to achieve? And will this task help me achieve that result?
  • If so, what needs to be done to achieve it? How can I break it down into smaller chunks?
  • What is the smallest possible starting point? What small, simple task can I start with, just to get some momentum going?

There’s your starting point: and then you just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Any time I’m struggling to get going, I bring it back to: what’s the smallest I can do to keep moving forwards? Then do that. The rest will follow.

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