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3 tricks to start working despite not feeling like it

Start small

You might not feel like writing a whole final thesis, but you can write a paragraph or two before lunch break.

Those are small steps. Every small step builds momentum. Momentum energizes and can lead to ultimately completing the long journey.

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3 tricks to start working despite not feeling like it

3 tricks to start working despite not feeling like it

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"Okay, let's do this"

Despite all the doubt, fear or negativity, take the leap. Publish that post. Start that company.

When you get tired of thinking about a piece of work but not doing it, say "Okay, let's do this" and do it. Start with something, anything.

Start sloppy

Trying to aim for high expectations can put more pressure on you, leading you to avoid work by procrastinating.

Instead, start deliberately badly. When you know that you don't have to make the greatest thing ever, it's easier to start and easier to continue.

Start small

You might not feel like writing a whole final thesis, but you can write a paragraph or two before lunch break.

Those are small steps. Every small step builds momentum. Momentum energizes and can lead to ultimately completing the long journey.

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"You're going to love helping me!"
"You're going to love helping me!"

Don't try and convince someone how much they will enjoy helping you. It reeks of control and is presumptive. It drains their joy out of helping.

How they feel is for them to decide.

A small favor

One common tactic is to portray the help we need as so small, that it is barely a favor. "Would you add these updates to the database? It won’t take you more than five minutes.”

It is conveying that you think the work the other person does is easy, quick, trivial and not very taxing. That’s not a great way to enlist help. You might also underestimate the size of the favor. Do not presume it won’t take them very long the next time you ask them for help.

Scorekeeping

While reciprocity does make people more likely to comply with the request, it also makes us feel controlled, which takes all the fun out of it.

Reminding someone that they owe you a favor does not create good feelings. Scorekeeping is fundamentally bad for relationships.

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Pay Attention To Your Triggers

Be aware of the situations that spike your anxiety (getting feedback, writing important emails, being put on the spot, or starting the day with a messy desk).

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Anxiety activates the body’s fight or flight response, which sets off a number of uncomfortable reactions from sweating to tunnel vision. 

Calming yourself with grounding techniques (ways to stay in the present moment) can get you back in control. A few examples: meditation, stretching, calling a friend, or going for a walk.

Invest In Your Well-being

While you can’t control most of your environment, make it a point to change what you can.

Get enough sleep, avoid too much caffeine, work by a window with natural light, and control noise in your workspace with headphones.

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Resilience

... is the ability to adapt to adversity or significant stress.

When faced with difficulty, resilient people recover more quickly. They view setbacks as temporary, move forward despit...

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The ability to perceive setbacks as temporary and solvable.

Instead of viewing stress as a sign of failure or as a threat, you can choose to look for the challenge within it or the lesson to be learned.

Finding meaning within chaos is a core component of resilient leadership.

Self-awareness and resilience

Resilient people take the time to understand what they’re feeling, even if it’s uncomfortable.

To manage your emotions effectively, you must learn to express yourself clearly, assertively, and with empathy for others.

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