Tasks that are being avoided by us hang around like a dark cloud. Soon there are many such clouds hovering around us. We could start working on a task, but as soon as we think of doing something, we get lost in the cloud.
When a deadline or any other urgency makes us finally tackle the cloud-like task, it changes shape, becomes small, solid and clean. We then realize that the cloud wasn’t the actual task, but was a foggy mess of immaterial stuff. The task is the final product, the solid object which is easier to handle.
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A cloud is huge and confusing, making us feel lost. Once we get our fingers into the actual task material, the workable stuff we have to do, or the first step we have to take, the whole process becomes limited and consists of doable actions.
Do not get psyched up by the large, vaporous cloud. Just get started on the clear, small task.
There are normal people, who get overwhelmed on those occasions when they have more obligations to fulfill than time in which to fulfill them.
Procrastinators are constantly overwhelmed because even when we do have time, we don’t make use of it until we no longer have enough of it. If you're one, you'd understand the being late for everything, undone lists for months and missing appointments.
It is easy to accumulate stuff, like unfiled papers and half-read books or unfinished projects. If left unattended, they can pile up and can spiral out of control. At some point, you can get fed up and tidy up, and then the cycle starts anew.
Unsorted papers and books are as problematic as unsorted thoughts that accumulate over time. "I should maybe do something about X." Once we've collected a few hundred of these mental-sticky notes, the mind becomes a cloud of unsorted stuff that's bothering us.
“If an action will take less than two minutes, it should be done at the moment it’s defined.”
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