The Good ‘Ol Days
Remember when you were younger and you didn’t want to make your bed or finish your food or do anything that wasn’t playing with your toys?
Then, your drill-sergeant-of-a-mom (or dad) commanded you to clean your room or you were grounded. She told you to eat the rest of your peas or you’d sit there the entire night. Your dad warned you that you better get an A on your test, or you weren’t going to the fair.
Whatever your particular situation, the fact of the matter was, sometimes mommy and daddy whipped your butt into shape for your own good.
They made you do things you didn’t want to do.
Chores. Eat disgusting green foods. Apologize to the next-door neighbor for stealing a book (or, maybe that was just me).
They made us take action against our will.
Although, I hated it then, as an adult I can see the benefits of taking action even when I don’t want to.
That’s the very way to achieve your goals: When you don’t want to do something, do it anyway!
I’m working on creating an amazing workbook for my opt-in offer to help course builders organize their thoughts and outline their content. But, I’m finding it difficult to sit down and finish it.
Such a simple task. Sit down and write.
I need mommy!
Take Action Even When You Don’t Want To
I wish my mom was right there behind me, telling me that I better get it done or else.
Like this opt-in I’m creating, starting an online course is a major project. Sometimes you’re not going to want to work. There will be days when you lack the motivation or the will to take action on your goals.
You’ve got to do it anyway!
I’m in the midst of that right now.
Unfortunately, mommy and daddy are not around to threaten (I mean persuade) us to get our work done. But, there are other ways of taking action and getting things done even when we don’t want to.
When you’re in those moments and you don’t want to do anything, give one of these a shot:
1. Get an Accountability Partner:
Sometimes it can get lonely out there when you’re working on a project and have no one to discuss it with. I was lucky enough to run into the tech maven herself: Maya Gaddie.
And, we’ve been accountability partnering ever since.
Hands down, this has to be the closest thing to mommy telling you to get it done!
No, Maya doesn’t yell at me. But, we’re on the same page. We work together, set goals, and push each other to achieve them. Each week we meet to discuss what we’ve accomplished and where we’re headed.
If you have big dreams, I suggest trying out an accountability partner. It’s like having someone in the trenches with you who gets what you’re doing.
2. Try the Pomodoro Technique:
Pomodoro is Italian for tomato. And, I absolutely hate tomatoes. Tomatoes of all kinds – the little red ones, the little yellow ones, and the big fat bright red ones. (I’m getting disgusted just writing about them! Yucky!)
But, I love the actual Pomodoro Technique, a time management system. Basically, you sit down to get a specific task done by setting a timer for 25 minutes to work on that task and then taking a 3-5 minute break when done. (Repeat as often as you’d like.)
It seems easier to get things done in smaller chunks. And, as a bonus, it’s often great to do it with your accountability partner! Maya and I have been doing the Pomodoro for weeks, and it makes us get the things done that we otherwise would slack on.
Give it a shot, and let me know how it goes!
3. Change of Scenery:
I have a spot at my dining room table where I work. I pull up my chair, lay out my papers, and get busy on projects. But, I’m often distracted because the boyfriend’s watching T.V. a few feet away.
I often find myself having a conversation with him when I’m working.
“What do you mean there’s a child roaming this Earth named North West?”
Since I’m easily distracted, I’ve decided to work at coffee shops. I feel less distracted and can get loads more done.
So, the next time you’re setting out to do a project, try changing up where you work. You might find it to be the type of change you needed.
These are the three things that I’ve found to be the most helpful in getting me to take action when I don’t want to. Because, let’s face it, I could move back home and get my parents to whip me into shape. But, that would be crazy!
It’s important to recognize when you need to step back and take a break. But, it’s just as important to realize that taking consistent action towards your goals (even when you don’t want to) will make all of the difference.
Let’s hear from you. In the comments, let us know what technique works for you to get things done?