You’ve got a project and a deadline.
You’ve been avoiding them as a professional procrastinator would.
You find any little excuse you can to not sit your ass in the chair a knock it out.
The project isn’t that big of a deal, but it sure feels like it now that you’re behind.
The idea of getting started on the project doubles in size with each unproductive hour.
Next thing you know, you’re completely demoralized by it.
You couldn’t start if your life depended on it.
All the while you’re thinking, “what’s wrong with me, just sit down and do it, why is it such a big deal.”
A good friend of mine introduced me to the GTFJD method.
It’s simple and effective.
Here’s how it works
Pick one small piece of the project to work on. Open it up and start.
Your only goal is to finish that tiny little task. It may only take you 5 to 10 minutes.
More than likely, you’ll blackout (into the flow state) and get more done, but if not, so what, you made small progress.
Small progress breeds more progress.
More progress breeds momentum.
And momentum breeds finished projects.
Specifically for writers (and the like). For you, the GTFJD method looks like this: Sit down and get through your piece as quickly as humanly possible. Finish the backbone of the work without an ounce of perfectionism. Typos, grammar mistakes, word repetition, run on sentences, tangents…let ’em all out. As long as the writing is complete, from start to finish, you can edit later.
I hope you add the “Get the f’ing job done” method to your toolbox.
You’ll know when to use it.