Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Reeeaddddy... Get Settttt...

And... watch Cooking Channel. Or research summaries and reviews of movies I have no intention of ever watching (am I the only one who does that?). Or fill up a shopping cart at an online boutique and then close the window.

When I have a huge, massive project ahead of me, getting started is the hardest thing! Focusing on and completing projects isn't that tough, but it's that first step that seems like so much work.

The thing that works best for me is to do a "strategy page." I write out what I'm planning to do, maybe a few details about it, and then count that as the first step in finishing the project. Then my brain thinks, "Oh, yay! We've started! Let's get on with it" and the rest of me can follow in relief.

How about you brilliant readers? How do you get inspired to begin a massive project?


  1. I definitely write about it, really helps me to think of the project at hand in every angle:)

  2. To do list, definitely. It pinpoints all of the major steps for me. Sometimes I'll get an idea for a story and have a hard time putting it to paper. "Brainstorming" has never been a term that really inspires me but "daydreaming" is. So, although it may sound odd, I sometimes daydream my stories through for a little bit and then I get excited enough to start working on them. It probably amounts to the same thing as brainstorming, but it sounds more pleasant!

  3. Oh my gosh, just this week alone I've filled up like 20 shopping carts and closed the window to avoid doing work lol. Having a to do list helps me a bit, mainly because I feel SO good crossing things off when they're done! But I'm really pitiful at doing things in a timely manner, and I'm probably the queen of procrastination :( The best motivator for me is a far-off deadline suddenly turning into "tomorrow" ... then I have no choice but to buckle down and work!

  4. Ah, I'm such a procrastinator, so like Kate, deadlines are my motivator. Also, if i found myself hard to concentrate, I'll get out of the house to a coffee shop or 24-hour diner and do my work there. A change of scenery works well for me i)

  5. i write about it as well but procrastinate just like kate and zel : ).

  6. thank you for your comment pretty
    so glad you like
    sweet blog too

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog! Yours is lovely :) Oh, and I always, ALWAYS write a To Do List. (It drives my mister a little crazy!)


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