If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it. ~Olin Miller
Isn’t that the truth?
Think of the things that we put off doing until tomorrow. When tomorrow becomes today those things seem to have grown larger and more daunting. It’s easy to keep putting them off until they become a dark cloud.
I remember growing up my little brother had a book called The Monster at the End of This Book. It was a Sesame Street book with Grover as the main character. He was so worried about the “Monster” at the end of the book that he did everything he could to get the reader to STOP TURNING PAGES! He bricked up and boarded up the pages, one by one. At the end of the book ******Spoiler Alert******we discovered that Grover was the monster at the end of the book! Sweet, lovable Grover. Sometimes our tasks become like the Monster at the End of the Book. Instead of just tackling them head on, we put them off until they are so daunting and scary that we want to build a wall to keep them safely on the other side.
For the next 96 (or however many are left) days of the year create a massive sense of urgency in your life. Whatever you have looking you in the face, do it now. By doing it now, you start to become a better version of who you are now. When Grover got to the end of the book he quit describing the monster in negative ways. It wasn’t scary and frightening, it was Sweet and Lovable! Attack your monster procrastinated project with a sense of excitement for the end result.
Using the excitement you’ve built moving toward your monster and the kaizen method, break your goal(s) down incrementally to see how much you need to do at a minimum each day to reach your goal.
There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back. ~Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister