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Procrastinating? Why not start with a ridiculously small task.

Last Updated on October 14, 2021 by Rat Race Running

The hardest part of any task is getting started.

Whenever I try to start a project, learn a new skill, write a new blog post, read a book, and do any other task, it is often easier to do it later.

Unfortunately, later becomes much later, and much later often becomes never (or the night before the deadline).

For the first month of the community quarantine, I haven’t been as productive as I wanted to be. I had so many things on my to-do list but haven’t made any significant progress.

But upon watching a LinkedIn Learning course on time management, I stumbled upon this idea of doing BIG tasks by starting from ridiculously small steps. Step so small, it is even embarrassing not to do.

It made sense, since most of the time, taking the first step is just the needed boost to push us through ‘that’ dreaded task.

For example, for students (like you and me), it is very difficult to study. So, how will I start from a ridiculously small task?

I may begin by just sitting in front of my book. Afterward, I can open the first page, then read the first paragraph. I can commit at least 5mins for that and see if I can build momentum.

Another example is when I am writing. I still haven’t established the habit of consistently writing in my blog, so I try to write more often. The problem is, I write only when I feel like it.

So, how can I use the principle of starting ridiculously small? I start writing only the first sentence, and most of the time, the following words just come flowing. It’s amazing, really.

Then there is exercise. A lot of people have been talking about getting “bigger” since the start of the community quarantine. But did you know that 7-minutes a day is all you need to remain active?

It may not give you the beach body you’ve always dreamed of, but it is better than nothing.

Note: You may download the 7-minute exercise routine in your app store.

Now, how to start exercising by taking a ridiculously small step? First, open the app. Then just ride it out and follow through.

Final Thought:

Many of us want to be more productive during this time, but we just can’t gather the needed willpower to begin – so we just procrastinate.

There are two kinds of procrastination – the positive and the negative.

The positive is when you put a task into the future because there are more urgent tasks at hand.

The negative procrastination is totally avoiding the task at hand because suddenly your room needs a general cleaning, or you have a chat with a friend or you just decided to take a nap.

There is a quote saying, “to eat an elephant – do it one bite at a time.” So, just start small and get it over with.

Do you have a dreaded task? Start small.

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