I’ve touched on aspects of this many times before, but this post attempts to tie it all together and if you’re like me, you need reminding anyway. 🙂
This is an algorithm, or method, for getting stuff done, which works especially well for creative projects and stuff that you enjoy doing, although it will work for any stuff you need to get done.
- Start something – this is an important step. When inspiration hits you and you think of something you want to get done, then start. Don’t think about it too much. Just take the first step. This is the same as when you decide to go to the bathroom, or to get a snack from the kitchen. You just take the first step, right? No big deal. Just do it.
- Take the next step – having made a start, the next thing you have to do is take the next step. Don’t think about all the steps you need to take. Don’t even think too much about the next step. Just take the step. If the step is too big to take, take a smaller step. You need to do this soon after starting, or you lose momentum. Small steps that you take are much better than big steps that you don’t.
- Keeping taking steps – ok, this is the really, really difficult part. Having taken the first two steps, keep taking the rest of the steps with some reasonable frequency. If you let too much time elapse between steps, you will lose momentum and interest. Then it’s hard to go back to it. Keeping it up regularly is the key. Otherwise, it’s just like starting something, but without the initial inspiration to fuel you.
- When you are within one or two steps of finishing, take those steps – almost as important as not thinking about starting too much, you should not distinguish between taking the final few steps and any other step you have taken. It’s just another step, isn’t it? Take it. Don’t think, do.
- Be amazed and Celebrate – if you follow this sure-fire method for getting stuff done, when you finally reach the end, having taken your last step, you will look at the finished thing or task and marvel at how much you have done and how well you have done it. You’ll be astonished, I promise you. Now, the critical last step in the process, which should not be ignored, is to celebrate your achievement. Celebrating is really important, if you ever want to get another thing done. Otherwise, you’ll find it harder to start something new.
So that’s it. It always works.
This is my one hundredth post, by the way. When I started this blog in May, just four months ago, if anybody had told me I had a hundred posts to write, I would never have started. For one thing, I would never have believed that I had a hundred things to say, let alone a backlog of things I still want to say, but haven’t yet. So, I can offer you proof that the method works.
And to celebrate my one hundredth post, I am going to quote the mad playwright from Mel Brooks’ classic movie “The Producers”:
“Ziss iss kallink for schnapps!”