Today, we’re talking all about how to feel excited about projects that really don’t feel exciting. I received this great comment from Nikki not too long ago on Podcast 194 (linked at the end of this post) where we discussed the difference between projects and tasks. Her words helped to shape today’s topic:
“I needed this! I get so frustrated with this, but I see some of my work ‘tasks’ are really projects. I know it all works better when I break down my planning into the smallest steps, but my lists often don’t actually consist of those and then I am harsh with myself about what I don’t get completed. I have 3 big projects to complete in the next 3 days, so I am heading off to break down those projects into achievable tasks right now! I am then going to assign some next actions to complete in the waiting room of a medical appointment I have in an hour, before hitting the ground running when I get back. This is really going to help me. I feel motivated and empowered. Actually, I feel quite excited too and these projects are not exciting – it’s getting them completed that I am excited about! Thank you for the exact push I needed!”
Here are a few of my best tips:
(1) Connect the project to the overall purpose of what you’re doing in your life.
For example, anything related to maintaining cars, cleaning the house, organizing, planning details for a vacation, handling medical billing, getting new clothing, decluttering, etc. is part of the process for building a strong and stable family.
Helping a neighbor who is sick or struggling—or putting together an activity for a community organization—helps fulfill the purpose of creating a strong social network and lifting the world around you.
Find someone to fix the dry wall (sub-project).
Text my neighbor who just had a bunch of water damage repaired (2-minute task).
Text the contractor and set up a time for him to come out and give us a quote (2-minute task).
Get new carpet (sub-project).
Look at the bid from the carpet that was installed when we first moved into the house (Computer Next Action on Next Actions List).
Call the company that did our previous install and ask them to come out to give us a quote (Phone call on Next Actions list).
Look online for comparable bids (Computer task on Next Actions List).
Talk with Eric about whether we do the stairs AND the room or just the stairs or the whole basement (To Discuss item on the Next Actions List).
Make call to schedule carpet installation (Phone Call on Next Actions List).
- [PODCAST 194]: The Most Common Stumbling Block to Feeling Calm and Productive
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