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August 22, 2008 / jadettman

Starting is the hardest part

I would say that a good 80% of the time I’ve got something to say, something to write. Just as as frequently I don’t say or write those things.

In some circumstances it’s because I don’t have the opportunity. I can’t just drop everything to write at the drop of a hat while I’m working at the bookstore. That’s not what they pay me for, after all.

Other times, I just can’t seem to get started. I know that I could, or should, be writing but rather than doing that I find other things to do whether it be surfing the internet, reading a book, watching TV, etc.

It’s not that I don’t want to write, it’s as if there is some mental threshold that I must hit before I can get started. I’ve been trying to overcome it in different ways, one of which is this blog.

It just doesn’t seem to be working all that well.

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  1. Britt / Aug 26 2008 3:41 pm

    Neil Fiore, author of of The Now Habit, talks about “persistent starting.” To succeed at all but the most simple projects, you have to keep recommitting to them, keep starting work on them again, every morning, after every break, etc.

    One think that helped me is to create a habit where you always work at certain time, so that after the habit gets ingrained, you just sit down and start working without even thinking about doing anything else, eliminating the agony of getting started.

    Using Leechblock to kick myself off the internet after an hour also helps.

  2. J.A. Dettman / Aug 27 2008 8:18 am

    Yeah, I may have to give Leechblock a try.

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