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Old 02-18-10, 11:12 PM
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Starting Projects / Tasks. . .Arggh

Once I get going on a project or task, I'm ok for a while, but just starting is a huge challenge. I'm either distracted or unmotivated. What has worked for folks? What are some strategies for just starting?
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Old 02-18-10, 11:30 PM
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Re: Starting Projects / Tasks. . .Arggh

It's the hardest thing to think about, but the easiest thing to do - break it down into bite-sized steps and clarify each step. It's the old adage - how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The idea of breaking things down and clarifying them is daunting, but that's the only thing I've found that I'm really afraid of - the idea of doing that. I do it...and it's not too hard. Then the tasks themselves are stupid easy.

But I normally run around and try to do all of that processing in my head and it just nukes my brain. So for me, I fear the idea of doing the work to clarify it, but when I do it, it's not that bad, and then all of the tasks becoming ridiculously simple because of that clarification work I've done. So fwiw, give that a try.
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Re: Starting Projects / Tasks. . .Arggh

That's helpful. I think the biggest challenge is actually (sometimes) the impulse to start. Like tonight-- I haven't made or picked up anything for dinner. Hungry and will do it, but the impulse is missing. Or the impulse to decide? Wondering if this has to do with Executive Function challenges.

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That's helpful. I think the biggest challenge is actually (sometimes) the impulse to start. Like tonight-- I haven't made or picked up anything for dinner. Hungry and will do it, but the impulse is missing. Or the impulse to decide? Wondering if this has to do with Executive Function challenges.

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For me, one thing that kills that super motivated impulse to do things is when the task or project switches from a "want to" to a "have to". Imagine your reaction to (1) going on a hot date out to dinner, vs. (2) after a long day of work/school, having to go home to make dinner and figure out what to make. One flicks the motivational lightswitch on, the other switches it off.

But if I can get excited about having to make dinner - if I saw something cool to make on the Food Network that's not horribly difficult, I can really look forward to that and get a lot of motivation. I think we attach ourselves to "glorious ideas", which provide the carrot to our motivation to bust through difficult/vague tasks to get those tasks done. But it's hard to keep that if you have to start thinking about keeping it, lol.
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