Projects and tasks need to keep moving if you’re going to accomplish your goals, realize your dreams and live your days as fully as possible.
But how often do you find yourself feeling drained and guilty because your energy has abandoned you and your projects have come to a grinding halt? Whether it’s overwhelm, procrastination, or some combination of the two, stalled projects eat away at your confidence … and they don’t go away.
Projects Are Made Up of Tasks
When you are working on big projects it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer scope and complexity of the undertaking. But remember, projects can always be broken up into pieces (in fact, they must be, if you’re going to keep moving toward success). Chunk your projects down into as many specific tasks as you can. The more concrete the better. You’ll find that often these ‘chunks’ are doable in fairly small time increments.
When Projects Stall, Focus on the Task
So, whatever project you feel stuck about, DON’T focus on the whole. Instead, zero in on the specific task that you are engaged with NOW – the one that has you stalled. You come to see that it’s not the entire project that has you stymied but it’s this particular task. That insight makes the challenge immediately smaller and more manageable.
Your next step is to apply the powerful “5-More Rule” to that task.
Use The “5-More Rule” to Re-Energize Yourself and Your Projects!
What is the “5-More Rule”? It’s a simple and powerful way to help you extend your energy and stamina, and get yourself unstuck!
It applies to any task, and the “5-More” refers to time increments (as in “I’ll keep working on this for 5-More minutes”) or steps in a task (as in “I’ll write 5-More paragraphs,” or “I’ll assemble 5-More widgets.”)
The beauty of the “5-More Rule” is that it’s a small enough chunk that you really can go ahead and do it. At the same time, it’s of a scale that it often can re-energize you or spark new ideas. And, perhaps most important, as you extend yourself in this way, when you DO stop, you are stopping by your own choice and on a much more positive note.
© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.