There are days when I struggle to find motivation to get things done. Â It’s not a lack of things to do – there are more than I could possibly do. Â It’s not even really that I don’t want to do them – I do. Â So what, then, is the problem? Â How do I solve it?
The problem is the sheer volume of things to do. Â When faced with what looks like an insurmountable task we hesitate… and often the hardest part is just getting started doing the work. Â We’re not quite sure what to do first, and in our minds we’ve failed before we even started. Â This creates a tremendous mental resistance to even thinking about, much less doing, the work.
I’ve found two strategies that work well (especially when combined) to combat this.
1.) Seek a change of scenery. Â For me this means packing up my laptop and working from a local coffee shop down the street. Â The change in scenery is refreshing and helps me feel prepared to get stuff done. Â It also helps that it removes me from interruptions common to the office environment.
2.) Just pick something – ANYTHING – and do it. Â Start small if you want – being able to check that something off your todo list will feel great, and will lead you to focus on checking more things off. Â Before you realize it you’ll have accomplished quite a bit.
It’s important to remember that while the pile of work may seem insurmountable right now – it only truly will be if you keep avoiding it.