If you’re like me, you probably have a to-do list that you’re constantly working on. When a new project begins, creating a list of all necessary tasks is usually one of the first things I do. At times new lists, particularly long ones, can prevent progress because they seem so insurmountable. Once you get on a roll, tasks become easier and easier. Taking the initial action is the main catalyst in starting that productive series of events.
Sitting around and worrying about all that you have to do only makes matters worse. You’ll still have just as much work, but you will have added stress and anxiety to the mix. Taking action to complete even one of your tasks is the only way progress will be made. Starting with an easy task may sound tempting, but tackling the difficult tasks is often even more effective. Many times, it’s the fear of the difficult tasks that causes us to procrastinate. If we could get those tasks out of the way first, the remaining tasks would seem even easier.
One trick I use when I need a little motivation to get started on my to-do list is to include a few items that I’ve already completed. A long list with no tasks completed can seem intimidating. That same list appended with a few items that can be crossed off right away somehow seems more achievable.
Whatever it is that you are trying to accomplish, commit to action and progress will be made. All tasks can benefit from this method. If you have to vacuum the whole house, pick a room and get started. If you’re trying to consolidate debt, apply for a P2P loan. If you want to hire a mover, get one estimate per day until you have as many as you need. In each of these examples, the method is the same. Do something. Inaction makes problems grow, but action leads to solutions.