3 tricks to start working despite not feeling like it
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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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Most people see "pressure situations" as threatening, and that makes them perform even less well.
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Is this high-pressure situation a good opportunity? Sure. Is it the only opportunity you will ever have for the rest of your life? Probably not.
Before an interview or a big meeting, give yourself a pep talk: "I will have other interviews" (or presentations or sales calls).
Instead of worrying about the outcome, worry about the task at hand.
That means developing tunnel vision. When you keep your eye on the task at hand (and only the task at hand), all you can see is the concrete steps necessary to excel.
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