Do it Now! Not tomorrow, not later, NOW!

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

Most people have at least one project they keep putting off. It might be a home improvement project, a book they've always wanted to write, a language they'd like to learn, anything that is perceived as something worth while, but is going to take a while to complete.

There are always tons of excuses why the project hasn't been started. Usually it's time. We've discussed that one in the procrastination segment in October. But there are many other reasons why people might put things off. The thing is, you will never get started if you wait for that time to magically appear or for some of the other obstacles to disappear.

Do it NOW!

If the project is really dear to your heart, stop putting it off and start on it today. Set just 10 minutes aside. I am convinced you can find 10 minutes in your schedule somewhere. You might simply stay up 10 minutes later, or use up 10 minutes from your lunch break. Make a start.

Do something for 10 minutes towards your project (clear the first shelf, write the opening paragraph, learn 5 words in your chosen language, etc.). If you find you don't want to stop and go on a bit longer, fine. If not, stop and have another 10 minutes tomorrow and the next day and the next.

Over the course of a week you will have worked on your project for a whole hour! And even if you keep going with the 10 minute installments, you will eventually finish. And boy, will you feel good about yourself!

If you'd like to dive deeper on the subject, I'd recommend the book The Now Habit - A Strategic Programme for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore. He provides great strategies to stop procrastinating and getting rid of perfectionism that is often a major obstacle to productivity.

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Go on, do it NOW. You know you want to. :)

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