Getting Going

Getting Going

I’m still figuring out how to best structure my unstructured time. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start on big projects, so I am trying to find ways to build momentum. I don’t want to waste this precious time because I have so many things that I want to get done. Here are some things that I have been doing to get started.

  • The state of your bed is the state of your head. This is a little mantra that I use to get started in the morning. Every morning I eat breakfast with Jason and then I make our bed and do the dishes. They are small victories that I can check off my to do list and get the ball rolling for the rest of the day. Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit, calls these keystone habits.
  • Make a list. I have to have very clear objectives of what I need to get done every day, so that I can think about the things that I need to do once and then go on autopilot getting those things finished.
  • Eat that Frog.  There is an old saying that if you eat a frog early in the morning nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day. It means that you should tackle the hardest thing on your to-do list first thing before you lose your will power. It makes your day immediately productive.
  • Have a uniform. I can not get things done in my pajamas. If I am tackling housework I need my sneakers on, and if I am doing freelance work I need comfortable real life outfits to get me into the right mind set for tackling a project. If I need to work out, the hardest part is putting on workout clothes, but that small first step helps me get going to tackle whatever I need to get accomplished. It really does help me get motivated.

Do you have any tricks you use to get started?

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