How to Make Life Easier
How to Make Life Easier
You want life to be different, better or easier. What’s the best way to make that happen?
Everything starts with an idea.
That means changing your life, starts with an idea, too.
Ideas like that often come to me when I’m in a good place, with good friends where I feel hopeful and positive about the future. My energy is just right, I feel strong and motivated enough to say “yes” to this new thing I’m going to do.
In my experience, I might also have a glass of wine in my hand.
And I readily commit to getting right to it tomorrow.
Or next week.
Or in the New Year.
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The When-Then Game
At some point we need to take the first step.
Procrastination can be a real bummer here. You know, that part of you that says, “when such-and-such is done/ready/behind me, that’s when I’ll start that new thing”.
Every time we do this, we put pressure on ourselves. We push making a start further away and, when it comes right down to it, we make starting even harder than before.
So just begin it already.
Seriously, even devoting 5 uninterrupted minutes to this thing we felt so good about, can make a difference.
Just begin it already!
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Once we’ve made a start, we want to feel motivated about keeping up our efforts.
Infuriating as it sounds, a great motivation is seeing that you’ve actually made some progress on that thing you wanted to do. No matter how small that first bit of progress is, it’s still progress.
Basically, seeing that thing being underway means less overwhelm. The amount left to do is reduced and next steps become clearer.
The hard part, the beginning it, is behind you. You’re on your way.
The next step is to stick at it, so for that to happen, you need to make it as easy as possible to keep going.
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How to make life easier
If you want to stick with what you’ve so brilliantly started, I’ve found it really helpful to make it as easy as possible to pick up where you left off.
Starting was hard and I don’t want it to feel that difficult every time.
Tools for the Job
Have everything you need to hand and within easy reach. Whether it’s the right tools or a cup of coffee, get all that in place before you start.
Give yourself time without interruptions. Schedule this time for yourself in advance. If you don’t need your phone to do the task, turn it off. You deserve it.
Golden nuggets of progress
Be realistic about what you’re going to achieve – bite sized chunks, baby steps, petit a petit. Even a tiny bit of real progress is golden.
Plan next steps
Just before you finish each time, spend a few minutes to note down where you got to. Write down the next 3-5 things you’re going to do that will move you forward and decide when you’re going to do them.
We’re all navigating life.
Whether you’re looking to relax, get fit, conquer a backlog of filing, write a book, learn to play an instrument, stop smoking or change career, it’s about choosing a new direction and sticking to the path!
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Knowing vs Doing
Me? I have a few things I really need to get sorted and, yes, I have been known to play the when-the-game.
While out walking my dogs, thinking about how I was going to tackle getting those tasks done helped me put things in perspective. Most importantly, it reminded me that starting them really helps me stop feeling overwhelmed.
We all KNOW so much of this stuff, but actually DOING isn’t always that easy.
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