Many of us have the natural tendency to put off hard projects because they seem too complicated or time-consuming. However, as the productivity blog Frictionless points out, a number of these experiences are based on a fear more than anything else. Sometimes it’s best to just dig in.
Photo by Ben Tesch.
Frictionless author Patrick Rhone describes a situation where he was putting off fixing a grill because the project seemed like a massive one. After an initial assessment and then a month of delays he finally took it on only to realise it was an incredibly easy fix and he’d wasted more time not doing it then he had doing it:
All that angst. All of that procrastination. Moot! Did not need to happen. Instead of digging in right away when I got the grill and spending 20 minutes to discover this fix, I spent five to write it off for a month in order to still spend the 20 I would have anyway. I felt kinda stupid actually. Probably deservedly so.
It’s easy to write off a project as too big for yourself and slot it deep within your to-do list. Frictionless reminds us that sometimes the best option is to get your fear out of the way and dig into a project right away.
When Friction is Fiction [Frictionless]