I’ve had a project and idea I’ve been trying to launch for over a year. The real problem is that every time I turn to work on it, I get overwhelmed with how big it is. I start thinking about how much I have to do, where I want to end with it, and how much work it’s going to take. I get so overwhelmed and panicky that I tuck it back into a corner with a mental note that I’ll just get back to it when I have more time and energy. (I know that is totally an excuse. After all, I am the ultimate procrastinator).
So I’m going back to an old principle of mine. I need to take baby steps. I need to make this project manageable. I’m not unrealistic, this is a huge project. I know it’s going to take a while. So, I need to stop looking at the big picture and start making a road map to get there.
I started something this week, and it’s working wonderfully. I am writing down 5 things I can do to push me forward to my goal. Every day, I just do five things. It’s manageable and I don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s as simple as reading an article, sending an email, or making a phone call. This week alone I have made more progress than the past year towards my end goal.
5 baby steps can be used for anything. That art project we stick in the corner, the perfect job we’re trying to find, or even cleaning the house. Be creative with your procrastination. 5 baby steps completely make it under my procrastination radar. Just don’t make your steps too big!
Now go make a list of baby steps and get busy. Tell me about your journey. I’d love to hear!