Tips on Getting Started
I haven’t seen many of these on any blog sites, so I decided to make my own post about this subject and what helps me get started on things I need to do.
1. Start off tiny. If you need your bedroom clean, start by picking up a piece of crumpled paper off of the floor. If you need to read a book, just read a paragraph or even two sentences.
2. Promise yourself x minutes to do this. Time has a way with us, especially the time-conscious ones like myself. If you don’t give yourself a guideline to when you should stop, you’ll feel discouraged to start because you’ll never know when it will end. If you give yourself fifteen minutes (or even five)—not a daunting amount of time—to, say, study, it will look more appealing to you. But remember: Do nothing but that. You can’t do anything else. Sometimes you’ll even go further than that fifteen minutes because, by then, your mind will be locked into that task. Don’t promise yourself you will get locked down, but promise that it’ll only last a short while.
3. Take your time. With whatever it is, make sure you do it right. You don’t want to quickly read three pages of your textbook only to find out you haven’t absorbed anything at all. Sure, you can say you studied for 5 hours, but was it really studying?
4. Don’t argue with yourself. You know what you should be doing, so why come up with a shit ton of excuses to not do it? We can go on about how capitalist society sucks and how tired we all are. At the end of the day, is it going to get done? With that attitude, I don’t think so.