Do you struggle with finding enough inspiration to start work?
I know I do.
I always tell myself, “as soon as I feel inspired, I’ll do…”.
This is true with creative tasks like writing or making quote graphics or for everyday household chores.
Sometimes I just need to start, right?
I’ve been asking myself this question a lot this year.
Stephen King says,
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
It’s easy enough to say “just do it” but how many times do you [and I] ignore that little motivational phrase?
Why can people like Stephen King and Steve Jobs “just get up and go to work” but you can’t?
What sets them apart?
Are they special?
Are they genetically wired to act?
Or are they just disciplined to act no matter the circumstance or feeling?
How to Develop Discipline [for the hopelessly undisciplined]“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”Click To Tweet
James Clear states in The Beginner’s Guide to Deliberate Practice…
“deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance. James Clear
Can you guess what the biggest roadblock to deliberate practice is? Focus.
James Clear also says in Start with Repetitions, Not Goals…
James Clear says '... Put in consistent work and learn from your mistakes, incredible progress is the resultClick To Tweet
“Whenever you put in consistent work and learn from your mistakes, incredible progress is the result.
BUT, a crazy little thing starts to happen, we start to mindlessly do the repetitions. We lose focus. Our work or technique becomes sloppy.
I’ve noticed this in my morning workout. I get up each morning, put my shoes on, go outside and exercise.
At first, I focused on increasing my time. As my body resisted (numb toes and arms) I decreased my time. Not only did my time goal decrease, my form decreased.
Basically, I’ve become sloppy. It’s starting to become a mindless habit. Habit, I want but I also want it to be mindful. Exercise is for my body and mind’s health not just to check something off of my list.
So, what can be done about it?
James says that focused deliberate practice that is measured is the key to improving.
What are you working toward?
Let’s say you want to develop a writing habit. Your deliberate practice goal might be:
- Get to Work (no matter how I feel or what circumstances come)
- 15-minutes of focused writing (no internet, no open tabs, no interruptions, no editing)
- Keep a notepad nearby
- Be mindful of your focus. When does your mind wander? What causes you to lose focus?
- Write down any thoughts or ideas in your notepad to get it out of your head
- Identify the distraction and correct it (ex. If you often write in front of a window and get distracted with movement outside, switch up your location. Does it solve it?)
- As you continue this deliberate practice, track it, change it, try again, and keep improving
Ready to get work?
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P.S. I’m joining my friend Michelle’s Extreme Traffic Adventure. If you have time, want to join us? She’s simplified the challenge this time around into 15-minute daily actions.