Start Projects By Getting Out Of Your Own Way

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]


    That's all nice and good, until you tackle a problem that unfolds into a massive amount of unexpected additional problems. Worse off, you can tackle one of these and cause irreversible damage to the target object.

    Case in point: my mighty mouse scroll wheel which -as every Mac user can vouch - is acting up. I've seen the videos of what it takes to clean it, but I dread starting because I know I may end up mouseless.

    Been there, done that... Put off repairing a car door handle for about a year, thinking it was too hard and too expensive to fix.. turns out a 5 dollar plastic part and 10 minutes with a screwdriver was all it took....

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