I'm literally writing my thesis right now. Or I should be. I am a month away from finishing graduate school (a Masters at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont) and the "home stretch" can really feel long. I'm worn out, ready to move on and be graduated, and I have 49 or 50 things done that need to get done.
I know that Leo is write with the small actions adding up over time, so I've been trying to do that. And it's been working. I have broken things down into pieces and tried not to take on too much at once.
I am really wanting to be finished today or tomorrow, so I'm diving in right now. Wish me luck!
- Pick one of your problems being held back by fear — for example, writing your thesis, or starting to deal with your debt, or exercise, or dealing with a tough relationship, or putting work into building your business.
- Commit to doing small actions of just 2-5 minutes a day on that problem, as part of your unprocrastination session. So for exercise, just go out for a brisk 5-minute walk or jog. For debt, just put your bills in one place and start listing them, then list some more the next day, then pay one of them, then call a creditor to ask for a renegotiation, etc. Tiny actions that you can start without too much trouble.
- When you’re about to do the task for the day, meditate on the fear for a moment, give yourself some compassion, then act in the moment with the task and be curious about the experience. Notice the urge to procrastinate, and don’t let your mind run.