Perhaps you’re like me and are becoming a little worried about the changes you hoped to make in some areas of your life. The first week of the New Year has gone by and in some areas, I haven’t started making changes yet. Not even little ones.
Uh oh. Part of me is a little worried that this may mean I’m doomed.
That’s when my fretting starts to make the project or change seem bigger and harder than it is. Then I start to procrastinate because it all seems too big and too much.
But then I remember about baby steps. I remind myself that I don’t have to work on a project all day and that I don’t have to start with the hardest part of it. I remind myself that all I have to do is to make a start by working on the project for 5 minutes. Then I look for the easiest thing to do such as clearing a space to work or gathering the materials I’ll need. and then I do it.
And I keep my promise to myself that this is all I have to do right now, whether it’s working for 5 minutes or completing a small, specific task.
Making a little start like this gives me a toehold into the project so I’m not so intimidated the next time I’m scheduled to work on it.
Also, I’ve found that thinking in terms of what I can do in 5 minutes or finding an easy piece of the project is a great way to keep going.
Ask yourself what easy, 5-minute piece of this project can I do today? Then do that thing!
I know you can do it!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,