7 Ways to quick start everyday in life
Most of us suffer
to some extent from work-aversion. Some of us like out work, and most
us at least don’t hate it, but we’d still rather be doing something
else most of the time. That’s why they call it ‘work’ right?
That’s aversion makes getting started the hardest part of any job.
‘Writers’ block’ gets the most press, but folks encounter
‘executive’s block’ and ‘plumber’s block’
and computer programmer’s block, too – that state of semi-paralysis
brought on by a fear and pain and just plain old lack of want to.
We all have to learn to work through the aversion if we want to maintain the habit of eating regularly. But some of us perform time consuming start up rituals before we start to work and many don’t really work effectively for several minutes even after starting. You may not even be aware of your rituals, which makes them hard to get rid of. Some of your warm ups may actually help prepare you to work, but others may simply postpone the inevitable confrontation. Those are a waste of time, and you need to get rid of them. Here’s how.
1. Prepare Mentally:
Back at the turn of the century, a famous man called Charles Haanel called the subconscious mind a benevolent stranger, working on your behalf. For all the subsequent research on the working of the brain, researchers have yet to encounter a better description. You can get that subconscious stranger working for you on any job that you have to perform.
The night before the job, tell your subconscious exactly what you want to accomplish the following day. You’re not issuing orders here. You’re not telling the subconscious how you intend to do the job. That’s part of the conscious planning stage. You’re simply planting the idea, giving that larger mind that exists outside of conscious thought time to mull and sift, combining images and ideas, amassing energy and positive attitude. Instead of letting the subconscious disaster tapes play, a visualize yourself performing exactly as you wish.
This is particularly helpful if you’re going to speak to a group or otherwise put yourself before an audience. This isn’t a matter of ‘wishing will make it so’. Positive visualization won’t cast a magic spell over your audiences. But it will affect your behavior, helping you call forth your best effort by concentrating energies and consciousness. For some great athletes, this ability seems to be a natural gift, no less than speed, strength and coordination. They talk about a strange kind of prescience during which they seem to see themselves hitting the home run, intercepting the pass, or returning the backhand baseline volley before they actually make the play. What comes to some as gift you can claim as tool.
2. Prepare physically:
You should have your physical tools assembled and accessible before you begin the job. If possible, stake out a specific place for the work, when you can keep everything you need within easy reach and leave stuff out between work sessions. That way, you eliminate time spent pitching camp and then tearing it down again each time. Also, when you become accustomed to doing a job in a specific, you’ll be focused and ready to work as soon as you enter that place. It doesn’t have to be fancy or even private. It just has to be yours, and it has to have the tools you need.
3. Map the terrain:
Before you begin the trip, figure out where you want to go. Remind yourself of your purpose. What’s in it for you? For your organization? For the client or customer? If you can’t answer these questions, save yourself time and effort and ensure that you’ll do a better job by taking a few moments now to get that information you need and to focus on what you hope to accomplish. If you still aren’t sure, seek out the authorization, approval or verification you need. Again, a few minutes spent here can save hours later. And you’ll work more efficiently and confidently. If the work involves several stages, write them down first. Don’t try to create the sort of orderly outline only an English teacher could love. Just jot down the steps or ideas in the order they occur to you. Then number the items in proper sequence.
4. Start anywhere:
If you aren’t ready to start at the beginning, start someplace else. You can’t escape certain sequences. A plumber has to turn off the water before disassembling the pipes, for example. But jobs often contain a great deal of flexibility. The finished product has to be assembled in the proper order, but you don’t necessarily have to tackle the components in that order. A director shoots a movie in the most practical sequence, getting all the location shots before returning to the studio for the interiors, for example. These separate scenes become the raw material for the finished movie. If the director and the editors do their jobs well, the viewer can’t tell in what order the scenes were shot, the movie tells a coherent, entertaining story. The seams don’t show. When you are thinking your way through a problem, it doesn’t matter where you start. It only matters that you start.
5. Start Anyway:
Researchers know lots of writers who have suffered from blocks at one time or others. Poets seem especially susceptible to the disease. But the working stiffs who write on deadline day after day never seem to get blocked. Lots of times they write when they feel lousy. Lots of times they worry that lack of time has forced them to do a lousy job. Folks who can’t afford to get writer’s block don’t get it. The same goes for plumbers block, CEO’s lock and bus drivers block. The poet can afford to wait for inspiration. The rest of us do the job, inspired or not. If you’re good at your, a professional in the best sense of word, your mood doesn’t show in the finished product. Nobody can tell whether or not you felt like doing it. Fact is, they don’t even care. They’re interested in the results, and the results can be just as good regardless of the mental anguish you felt dragging yourself to the task.
6. Lock out the
We all make mistakes. Writers get to make theirs in private and they can give themselves the chance to fix them before anybody else sees them. But when Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre throws an interception, half the known universe sees him do it and there’s no way he can pull the ball back and take the play over. But researchers know a lot of writers who compose their rough drafts as if a Lambeau Field full of rabid fans and multiple millions of TV viewers were watching. Even worse they write with their editors perched on their shoulders, ready to pounce at the first sign of dangling modifier.
Maybe you’re doing your job that way too, feeling the eyes of editor or boss or critic while you try to think your way through a challenge. It’s a two step process, first the doing, and then the judgment. Just as an NFL quarterback has to shut out the howling of the mob and concentrate on the receiver, you have to shut out concerns about judgement during the process of creation. If you don’t you wont take a chance, try out an idea, risk a ‘failure’ in the eyes of the invisible judge. You might even be afraid to start, and getting started is the only way you will ever finish.
7. Stop before
you need to:
Momentum is a wonderful feeling; especially when you have got a lot to do and not much time to do it. The last thing you want when the job is going well is an interruption. Common sense tells you to keep working until you are finished. If you can’t finish the job in one sitting, you work until you are exhausted or until you run into a snag you can’t work your way through. But it actually makes a lot more sense to stop before you get too tired and before you reach a snag.
If you give yourself too much time, you will build up an aversion to the task, the very material blocks are made of. But if you have stopped in mid stride, sure of the next step you will take, you will come back to the job confident and even eager. You won’t have to waste any time getting back into the groove, because you won’t have gotten out of it.