I'm returning to my "Procrastination tips" series, with one of the tips that I recall most often.
"Keep on starting, and finishing will take care of itself" - I've read this advice on The Now Habit, a book I like very much and to which I've referred before.
This is simple yet powerful advice, and especially useful for long projects.
Keeping our eyes on the end of the project may cause us to feel overwhelmed. "There's so much work ahead!", "I'll never finish!" - thoughts like these frequently cross my mind when I focus on the idea of finishing my thesis.
But really, all I can do now is start - and then start again. If I regularly keep on starting, eventually I'll realize I've finished. This is what happened with the chapters of my thesis that are now finished. Yay!
So, when feeling overwhelmed by a long and big task, remember the mantra: "Keep on starting, and finishing will take care of itself" ;)
I would love to hear about your experience with this (or other) procrastination tip in the comments section.
See you soon! :)
P.S. Talking about work... I've realized I need to spend more time on my thesis. So, among other things, I decided I'll be posting less frequently - but at least once a week. I may not comment as frequently on other blogs, but I'll keep reading attentively. I apologize for this and hope that you'll continue stopping by :)
I confess. I've been procrastinating a little bit on posting here. I started writing a review of a book I read recently, but it got very complicated as I wanted to capture ALL the important concepts of the book. It was getting long and I wasn't even at the middle of the book. I'm definitely not good at summarizing...
Anyway, I may eventually finish (and simplify) the review.
For today I just wanted to share that I've started a new challenge for myself. As I've said before, I'm slowly decluttering my physical environment. I just have to put something away each day. Anything! It may be something as simple as a piece of paper. To motivate myself I'm now taking an initial picture of a (very) small space: like a shelf. Then I slowly focus on that space, until it looks good (i.e. clean, uncluttered and organized). When I'm finished I'll take a final picture and I'll share the 'before' and 'after' here on the blog. I'm calling these my "Mini decluttering challenges". The first small space is almost-almost finished. Here's the initial photo:
See you soon! I promise I'll come back with a neater shelf ;)