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Options for Getting Started

By Jeff Davidson

Do you sometimes find that you can’t get started on the task at hand? If so, identify the real issue. For example have you left a trail of half-finished task? Leaving things incomplete helps induce a climate in which other things are left incomplete. The more incompletions, big and small all around you, the harder it is to get started on anything. Thereafter, procrastination becomes the norm.

Give yourself the mental edge by engaging incompletions, even on the smallest of accomplishments, and one after another, mow them down. When you identify some of the reasons behind procrastination, you have a much better chance of getting past them and getting started than if you didn’t fathom the issues. If you’re honest with yourself and acknowledge when you’re procrastinating, you’re all the more closer to taking useful action.

Find Out Why
Sometimes, the real issue why you can’t get started on something is because you haven’t identified some lingering issues that are impacting your feelings.

* Perhaps you’re ambivalent about the task.
* Perhaps you think it’s unnecessary or unworthy of you.
* Perhaps you resent doing it, i.e. you weren’t able to say no in the first place, and now you have to make good on your earlier promises.

Whatever the reason, when you identify some of the reasons behind procrastination, you have a much better chance of getting past them and getting started than when you don’t articulate the issues to yourself and remain in a quandary.

How Can You Solve the Problem?

If the fears you experience in certain situations are holding you back, try one or more of the following tips:

* Permit yourself to experience the fear of whatever task you’ve been delaying, and you actually set yourself up to more readily initiate the task at hand. So, delve into the fear, don’t mask it!

* Use empowering language when you find yourself reticent to begin a task that needs to be completed. Use phrases such as “I will,” “I choose,” “I want,” and “I’ll be happy to.” Say them aloud to yourself.

Another option when you can’t get started: identify a wise, trusted guide or mentor who can give you a jump-start – often simply an encouraging word where it’s seldom heard. This kind of assistance can make all the difference in the world to you and keep the sky from being cloudy all day.

Whether it be a mentor, a friend or empowering language, find the method that best helps you start a task and remain on course.

Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC, aka “The Work-life Balance Expert”® offers keynote presentations and workshops on a creating work-life balance, managing the pace with grace, and thriving in a hyper-accelerated world. He has spoken to Fortune 50 companies such as Lockheed and IBM, and to American Express, Westinghouse, America Online, and Wells Fargo. Jeff is also the author of Simpler Living, Breathing Space, and Dial it Down, Live it Up. His books have been published in 19 languages including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Turkish, and Russian. For more information visit www.BreathingSpace.com

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