Sometimes I just want to get stuff done. Like those edits that have been lingering for far too long or that book, I just want to get finished. So I get my head down and don’t lift it till the task is complete.
I know I can achieve anything I put my mind to, but it does require that I give it my all,* in effort and focus for a certain period of time.
*meaning it occupies the bulk of my thinking and gets the lion’s share of my time.
When you focus on what you want, everything else falls away.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m a big believer in having great habits in place and chipping away every day to make that goal happen.
Sometimes I need push
But, sometimes things get under my skin and drive me crazy, and, I feel like I don’t have the energetic effort required or the moxie to keep chipping away at it. In fact, the chipping away is robbing me of joy every day because the task at hand seems insurmountable. Like I’m going to be working on it, FOREVER! That I’m NEVER going to finish.
I know from experience that if I let this feeling of hopelessness continue for too long, then I might end up losing the project that I had so much passion for in the beginning.
When I get to this place, when I feel like I’m banging my head against a wall, and getting nowhere fast, I do the one thing that always seems to work for me …
When I reach threshold, I tell myself: I’m not dinging around with this anymore. It’s time to get it done.
Then I dive in.
Doesn’t matter what it is. As long as it’s something I absolutely want to achieve. And, it’s a must. And, it’s important.
But, if I’m not making progress, and I don’t see an end in sight…
Then I take the project and make it the number one priority in my life till it’s done.
I shoot it straight to the top of my list.
I make room for it in my life; I set a timeline, and I make a plan…
You can get a lot done when you decide you’re finished playing around.
The important thing is to take your goal, break it up into manageable chunks, and schedule them in every day. Then work like a dog till you complete your project. You may enjoy the process or you may not, it’s irrelevant. As long as you’re still connected to your initial vision you had for the project and your still committed, then you walk through fire till you get it done.
Now that imagery may seem a bit strong, but honestly sometimes you just have to commit all the way and do the work. Especially on long projects like writing a book, it’s a lot of work that has you invested for months to years.
What if a project has stalled out?
If a project has stalled out, then maybe it’s time to get reconnected to that initial vision you once had:
- What made you excited about it in the first place?
- When you complete it what doors does it open up for you?
- How will you feel when you know you didn’t take the easy path?
- Just imagine how good you’ll feel with the end in sight, and when you finally cross that finish line!
So set a hard deadline for yourself and get it done.
So why am I writing this blog post?
Because, I set this task for myself this past Monday to complete all edits on my current manuscript, and to get it out the door to my editor by the end of the month. I have been working my butt off this week. My body hurts. I have assigned household tasks to other members of the family. Pizza has featured largely in this week’s dinner menu. But it doesn’t matter, I’m committed and determined that I will reach that finish line even if it kills me.
Yes, maybe a little extreme, but it means I get the thing I want to get done–done!
“You can move mountains when you set your heart and mind to it!”
I take the week, stop all the tasks that are not a priority, like cleaning the house, watching movies, going out to dinner. I pull the plug on all of it, get my head down, and work my butt off till the task’s complete. It’s surprising how much you can get done when you decide to!
What are your thoughts?
I’d love to know what you think! Have you ever used concentrated effort to get a task done and been surprised by the results? Or, do you fail miserably in this department and seem to never complete your project, loosing hope with the lack of forward momentum? What measures have you gone to, to complete a task?
Please share your comments in the comment box below, along with any other ideas you would like to share, I’d love to hear from you!
Have you ever just went for it?
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