Y’know when you have a task that you just can’t seem to start? All of them? Yes. I know how this goes. I’m a master of procrastinating on all of the things. And there’s not really a fancy trick that gets me finally rolling forward.
I call my un-fancy method “Just Do Something!” Those are generally the words that fly out of my mouth when I finally tire of my own unwillingness.
It’s very simple: Just do something. Anything. Almost anything. No vices allowed. Whatever the mindless thing that you use to avoid productivity? Yeah, that doesn’t count as “something”. But look around the room. What else could use your attention? It doesn’t have to be the dishes that you need to wash. Put away all the stuff in the kitchen that the kids left out. Consolidate the dishes so you can wash the counters. Sweep the kitchen floor.
There are two benefits to trying this. First, I often find it to be the case that once I get started on “something” I will often finally get around to doing the thing I was avoiding. Advantage two is that even if you don’t get to the thing you “need” to do, you’ve clearly done SOMETHING, and the people you live with will appreciate that. There’s actually a third incentive here: By doing something, you have likely reduced a bit of clutter and distraction from your environment.
And now…back to my “something/anything” task in progress…