This past month I have taken a bit of a break from writing, as I am sure you noticed by the lack of blog posts, or any activity online. At first this was as a result of injury. I suffered a concussion and I wasn't able to look at a screen too long, I'll write about that whole experience soon. But as I got better, I continued to stay away from writing. I don't know what it was, but sitting down for a few minutes to write seemed daunting to me. I still had a lot of ideas throughout the week about what to write about, but instead of frantically writing it down I would just jot down the main idea. The only writing I have done for a while has been papers for school and that is about it. What once was a fun break seemed more like a chore that I was procrastinating doing. I don't know why this mindset changed, or what happened. I love writing, I still do, but it was like there was this block in my mind, because every time I tried to write I only got a few sentences in before I stopped and left that paragraph unfinished.
Do you ever have that feeling with a project? It might be homework in school, or it might be that closet that was never finished. Whatever it might be, we all have unfinished areas of our lives that we try to put in a corner or a box because for some reason there is a block that causes us to not want to touch it or think about it. The hardest thing to do is to start that task. It’s starting something again that scares us, but it is once we start that we realized that the task was never that hard or bad in the first place. Essentially there was no reason to procrastinate other than our own unwillingness and fear. Once I started writing, I was surprised how easy it came back to me, and how much I missed it. Writing had become such a fun and wonderful part of my life, that I don't know why I waited until long after I had recovered to start again.
As you go through your day, look for the small things. Look for the projects you started once and never finished or had been hesitant to start. The thing that surprised me the most and might surprise you is that it wasn't hard once I started. The other thing is that if I had just started when I could, I would have been further ahead than I am now, even if I had done a little bit day by day I would still be further along.
Don't let your fears of starting keep you from whatever your procrastinating about any longer. Go out and accomplish your goals. I believe in you.
So let me ask you again:
What is that project that you fear starting, or finishing? ?