How do you get past procrastination and get started on something?
First and foremost, define what stops you.
- Are you afraid of a failure or you are simply cannot get to the idea of doing something boring over a long period of time?
- Are you thinking to yourself you are not good at it, so what’s the point of getting started at all?
- Are you measuring your success to that of others?
- Are you at all sure this is what you WANT to do instead of that you HAVE to do it. Can the first overweight the later? This is the question of motivation.
Asking these questions will get you to clear your thoughts and feelings a little bit and define a bit better what the problem is. Until you define it for yourself, you cannot get to solving it.
Just get started.
Then start doing something.
I’m not talking here about rearranging your folders on a desktop or cleaning the bathroom just to keep yourself busy and spend more time of NOT doing. I’m talking about thing, a small thing, that gets you progressing at that very BIG thing you are procrastinating about.
It may be cleaning up your hard drive for more space for your design, updating your OS to install a newer version of Sketch or writing down a business plan – it doesn’t have to be much, just a little something to get you moving.
I know it may be hard to do, but think about it like a separate thing you do, apart of your BIG thing you are procrastinating about.
Once you get that little thing done, pat yourself on a back or mark it as completed on your todo list, even if there’s just one item in there. You’ll feel better. I promise You’ll get a feeling that you’ve accomplished something meaningful today, something that leads you to your big goal.
And once you get it rolling, you’ll see you are on a progress to something. You’ll feel more energized, motivated and optimistic! That’s when you get to start of thinking about doing that BIG thing. Don’t rush yourself. If you feel the energy to do that, great! If not, do another small thing on a progress to that BIG thing, just keep it separate. And write another check mark near your small finished thing.
Now you’ve actually got started! Congratulations!