Taking the first steps
I have found it extremely difficult to get started on projects that I think are daunting. It gets even worse when I don’t know where to start.
My mind feels sluggish, my hands refuse to move, I become paralyzed to action.
Then there are the easy start projects. Why can I just jump in and get going on those? Here are some thoughts why taking the first steps in these project types is easy:
- The end result you are trying to achieve is known. It is easier for us to start on a journey when we know where we are to end up.
- The project is within our comfortable skill set. We know we can do it.
- The project has a finishing point. There is a time and place where the project is awarded the done certificate.
So does that mean I should just try and do the easy projects? My mind screams “Where is the learning in easy?” Here are some tips to jump start your most difficult projects:
- Take some quiet time to reflect on the outcome you desire. Many athletes envision themselves receiving the medal before every training session.
- As an immediate first step take a sheet of paper and write for 5 minutes whatever comes to mind in the project. You will most likely have just written down your starting point.
- Build a high level plan on large projects where you can see milestones or potential reward opportunities.
- Find opportunities to expand your skills in the project. Learn about the new skills you will need as a starting point.
Now on to the first steps of a new and difficult project.