I’ve been trying to get unstuck so that I can start writing this blog post. This is my third post for the Life Notes to File blog. I’ve probably changed my mind on what I’m going to talk about in this post more than five times!
Before getting into blogging, I was more scared of the technicalities of running the blog. The thought of not knowing which plugin to use for WordPress got me real worried.
I was also well aware that the writing part wouldn’t be easy. Yes, it is fulfilling, but man is it hard. It took me about 2 weeks to write my first blog post 4 Lessons I Learned While Trying to Find My Passion.
So, where am I going here? Many things in our daily lives, like writing, can be hard to start or get done. But, like what I talked about in my first blog post, sometimes you just have to do it.
But if you’re having a hard time starting a task or project, or completing one, here are a few tried and tested strategies that you can do to get unstuck and start getting things done.
1. Create a to do list.
In your mind, you may have a lot of things that you want to do. This could prevent you from focusing and getting to the actual “doing” part.
Writing down those tasks that you would like to accomplish in a form of a list could be very helpful. Who doesn’t like making a to do list? You will surely get motivated to complete that long overdue task as soon you have a list to check off.
Creating lists is something that I do everyday. This habit has really helped me get many things done.
2. Learn to prioritize.
If you’re finding yourself creating big lists but still getting stuck with not knowing which list item you should do first, this is where prioritizing will help.
I have an idea that will probably seem crazy to you. But recently, this has been very effective for me. I’ve been creating a secondary “priority” list with just about 3 tasks that I want to complete first. This is of course based on my main to do list.
You have to be careful not to create a new to do list all together when creating your secondary “priority” list. Trust me, I have done this a few too many times.
You will find that as you complete the 3 tasks from your secondary “priority” list, you can then create a new secondary lists with the next 3 tasks that you want to get done.
3. Break off that one big project into smaller manageable tasks.
Have you been putting off a project for as long as you can remember? Your project could be too big for you to accomplish in one go. Break it down to smaller tasks that are easier to get done. As you complete each task, next thing you know, your project is already complete.
4. Give yourself a realistic deadline.
If you are one of those who thrive on deadlines, setting a deadline is a no brainer way of making sure you get things done. But make sure that your deadline is realistic.
5. Do your research.
You could be putting off a new undertaking because you simply do not have enough information to actually start it. Do some research and familiarize yourself with what the task will involve. The more knowledge you have, the more comfortable you would be in taking your next step.
6. Get inspired.
Many times in my life, a movie, TV show, music, book or a person got me inspired and motivated me into doing.
Watching the TV series Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000) or the film Dead Poets Society (1989) when I was young never failed to inspire me to go to school. Or more recently, listening to Grace VanderWaall’s song “Moonlight” always motivates me to practice playing the ukulele.
Don’t wait to be inspired, find it!
What do you do to get unstuck so that you can start getting things done?