It’s hard to stay motivated every single day. My solution is to start doing one easy thing first. It’s my one step approach.
I’m always looking for ways to keep myself on track, doing the right work (the most important work) and to keep doing it every day. The most important work is the hardest work. It requires thinking, a clear focus, and no distraction.
It can be hard to get started. Procrastination is always an option. If you’re like me, you want to do the easy work first. It’s not that the easy work is more fun, but I want to do it – because it’s easy.
That’s why I never start with the most important work (the hard work). I always start with doing just one small step. This one (tiny) step gets me started. And once I get started, I always continue.
I could have forced myself to start with a really hard task, and know that it would take me several hours to complete (and be thinking about it many hours before actually going to start doing it). Instead I’ll start with one small step that I know will get me one step closer to the state of flow.
But, it’s important that I only do one small thing. I never start with more than one, before doing what’s important.
I start every ”small step” in a different way. It could be reading. Writing my daily journal. Planning. Meditating. Or, just walking, listening to the sounds close to me. But, I always know that it’s part of my habit. The habit to get myself to the next level.
Sometimes, you need an extra push.
Today, I needed a small step, just to be able to check my email. That’s why I decided to add a few extra thoughts to my daily journal first. Writing the sentences took me no more than 3 minutes, and because I wrote it, I was able to do the extra job of checking my email and replying.