Just Start 

Procrastination. The biggest impediment(?) to productivity. A deceptive impediment, too, because it has two possible causes: a task that’s too easy, or a task that’s too hard. 

The antidote is the same and is simpler than we may think: just start. 

This is why clarifying the desired outcome and the next physical, visible action on all our commitments is so critical.  

When the next action is clear on an easy project on which we’re procrastinating, even a lazy person can look at the next action and say, “Ok, I can do that really quickly.” If we’re procrastinating on a complex project with significant failure risk, even an overwhelmed person can look at a clear next action and say, “Oh, I can do that!” 

When we’re stuck, we should just start. We may have to change course, adapt, or even abandon our plan, but the forward momentum from starting usually sustains our efforts through any changes. 

Whatever you’re procrastinating on today, go start with the simplest, smallest, clearest next physical, visible action. I bet you’ll make a lot more progress than just that! 

“The key is to trick yourself into physical engagement before your mind freaks you out!” -David Allen 


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Craig A. Escamilla
Craig Escamilla helps you find solutions before problems exist. With fifteen years of consulting, teaching, and senior management experience, Craig brings a wealth of practical expertise to helping others work on rather than in their businesses.

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