Have you ever found yourself feeling completely incapable of finishing a (school, work, andor personal) project, or even knowing where to begin?
Ambiguity contributes to procrastination.
If you don’t know the bounds of what you want/need to do, then the task will feel like an endless overwhelming blob of obscurity.
The simplest way to get clear on what needs to be done is to break the project down into its smallest pieces and outline a checklist. That’s not original advice. But you’d be surprised how often we (including myself) completely skip this step because we want to dive right in or don’t think we need it.
But the humble outline or checklist will highlight the way. Because the biggest feature of a checklist is it shows us what our next task is. We cross off one thing, and then we go to the next. Of course, the task has to be something doable/actionable. If the todo is “world domination” it’s gonna be pretty up in the air on how you are going to manage that. That’s why it’s important to break it down into small components as much as possible.
The more tangible a project is, the less we will get in our own way.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1262