We all have those tasks we haven’t completed that seem to nag at us every day. It may seem like it will never get done, but if you dedicate just a couple minutes to it, you might just end up finding the rest of the time to complete it.
Sometimes taking on unfinished tasks is bigger than procrastination and just the feeling of being stuck. To make starting simpler, you need to take complete control of how you start. Henrik Edberg at the Positivity Blog recommends making a small, but easy to complete deal with yourself:
Make a deal with yourself right now to just work for 2 minutes on finishing that task. That is all. If you feel like continuing after those 2 minutes then just keep going (this is what happens about 90% of the time when I use this tip). Make the restart of that last lap towards the finish as easy as you can on yourself. That is the smart thing to do.
You’ve probably heard that starting is the key to getting things done, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Set a time for yourself and see what you can get done in that amount of time. If you don’t want to keep going, then stop. The next time you have a couple minutes to spare, try again. Eventually you’ll pull your start cord just right and your productive engine will begin to fire off. You’ll get in the groove and make sure you find the rest of the time you need to complete a task that has long haunted you. Don’t let those unfinished tasks eat away at your mind and make yourself a deal you can’t refuse.
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