Has the procrastination bug ever taken hold of you? Have you put off tasks, important actions or your dreams assuming there will be a better time? I realized I have to actively work to keep the procrastination bug away. I found Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles life changing. I realized, procrastination or what he calls resistance, is natural but we must break through. We must consistently show up to do the “thing” we want to do. Get our butt in the seat and do the work. I realized if I commit to work on “it” a minimum of 5 minutes a day, I stay in practice of working on “it”. For example, if over a year ago you said you want to write a book but have not done anything....start today. Spend 5 minutes every day doing one small thing towards writing your book. It may even be helpful to set a timer. Eventually, you will want to work on it 15 or 30 minutes a day. Either way, if you stick with it, you will be further along this time next year. Working on your idea or project daily helps you to build the “I can complete projects” muscle. Let’s look at it another way. When a person begins to lift weights, initially they may only be able to lift 2 pounds, however by consistently working with weights, they will be able to eventually lift more weight. It’s the same with “sitting down” to work on your project/idea. If you commit to 5 minutes a day no matter what, you will eventually be able to commit to more time each day because it will become a habit.
Are you willing to commit 5 minutes a day to yourself to work on your ideas or projects?