Get it done tip: stop thinking

Do you ever get frozen when you look at an item on your list?  You have one too many things to do and all of a sudden you can’t even start.  Here’s a tip:  stop thinking.  Just get started… do one action step after another until the task is done.

I was in yoga class and when we got to the headstand part of the class and the instructor said “don’t think too much”. ” Ah ha!” I thought (thinking already!)  … when i’m not thinking I can stand on my head all day long. What else would I be able to do if I didn’t think too much?  My one-year-old son just learned how to walk.  When he isn’t thinking, and gets distracted by something else, he can take a few steps but once he starts thinking about it – down he goes.

Maybe there is something to this and it’s time to turn our brains off.  Are we thinking too much and over-analyzing even the simplest tasks?

I thought about my clients.  Many of them want to organize their closets but think that it will take too long.  Here are some of the internal conversations that many people can get caught up in: Where do I start?  How do I know where to put things?  What should I get rid of?  And what if I might want to wear it one day…. and on and on.  Sound familiar?   As you contemplate, analyze and over-think the simple task of organizing your closet, the weeks, months and years often pass by until you have a monumental task on your hands.

Plus, the bigger the task the more ways you will have to over-think things.  How about a new career?  What will you do? When should you start?  What do you need to do first?  What kind of research do you need to do?  How will you be able to afford it?   You need to update your resume but are not sure how.  What about the cover letter?  What if you don’t know what you are doing?  What if you don’t know what you are doing and someone figures that out?  The list goes on… and you are frozen.

So I offer you the simple tip of not thinking.  Just jump in.  If you’re having trouble turning off your mind, take a few deep breaths first.  If you’re someone who really can’t get out of your head and you need a starting point, make a daily to do list and be sure to add the next step right there next to the item on your list.  You’ll be able to work through your list and get those projects done before you an even get caught daydreaming about the “what if’s”.

Sometimes it really is just the little things that get in our way.   What are the things that get in your way from getting things done?


4 Responses to Get it done tip: stop thinking
  1. Carol K
    January 14, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    I LOVE this article! It inspired me to finally start this project I’ve been putting off. Right after I read the article, I took the first step in the project, and now the project suddenly seems to be rolling!

    Thanks!!!!

  2. Alison
    January 20, 2011 | 3:49 am

    Great tip Julie – just what I needed!

  3. julie
    January 29, 2011 | 12:49 pm

    Great! Sometimes projects take off when you jump in and start!

  4. julie
    February 14, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Congratulations! I hope your project is complete and if not consider this a reminder to jump back in and get going again!

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