Do you procrastinate? Is it tough getting started on important things you know you should be doing, but it just feels overwhelming?

You’re not alone. I’ve been there many times. Procrastination is my frenemy. Most of the time, It’s bad to put things off, but once in awhile procrastination is your mind telling you it needs rest.

After many years of trial and error, the best way I’ve found to conquer procrastination is to stare it in the FACE.

First, make a list of all the things you’ve been meaning to do, but some excuse is always popping up. Life gets in the way or that new season of your favorite Netflix show just dropped!

Come up with the top one or two things you’ve been avoiding. 

Then for each, think of how you would get started in the SMALLEST way. What is the simplest five-minute thing you can do to move it forward? 

Example: You need to work out and lose some weight, so what’s something simple you can do to move in that direction?

In five minutes, can you put on your gym clothes and take a walk or run around the block? Or you can do what I did recently and sign up for an introductory gym appointment. Get it on your calendar and chances are you’ll accomplish it, because someone else will be waiting for you to arrive.  

You can do the same thing the next time you’re faced with writer’s block. Set a timer for five minutes, what can you write? A paragraph, a few sentences? It’s better than nothing.

And once you get started you just might find you get in a flow and keep going.

I hope this short video helped you today. I share productivity tips like this all the time on my website, Project Manager Writer. Check out the link and you’ll get a free ebook as a gift for subscribing to my newsletter.