Until I started healing from anxiety, I wasn’t really living my life. I was floundering. Why? Because anxiety is the great crippler. It shackles us to inaction through perfectionism and indecision. Luckily, I’m beginning to overcome these obstacles. Even better, I’ve found that the more I do, the less anxiety I experience.
How I Became a Doer
Honestly, my transition from unmotivated to driven started alongside my healing process. When I decided to take my mental health into my own hands, everything else started falling into place. After that, it was only a matter of learning how to plan, research, and execute more effectively. Below you’ll see how I taught myself to stop planning and start doing!
Tips on How To Stop planning and start doing
Give Your Project a Mission Statement
Before you start any project, you should ask yourself why you want to undertake it and what your end goal is. The easiest way to do this is to create a mission statement for your project. This one little step can help you stay focused on your purpose and give you enough drive to cross the finish line.
Stop Talking About Your Plans
Once you tell someone about your plans, the likelihood of your completing them drops significantly. Why? Because your brain rewards you for verbalizing a good idea in the same way it does for a completed project. This makes you feel less compelled to see your plans through to fruition. If you want to put your idea into action, keep your intentions private.
Taking on too much is a sure-fire way to ensure nothing gets done. Regardless of all the praise multitasking receives, our brains aren’t wired to efficiently juggle multiple tasks. You can boost your productivity and make fewer mistakes by focusing on one project at a time. So prioritize your projects and complete one before beginning another.
Put a Cap On Your Research
It’s easy to go overboard on researching the best way to tackle an upcoming project, but do you need to check every available resource? Absolutely not! You want to minimize the amount of time you spend researching and maximize the amount of time you spend putting your new knowledge to work. You can accomplish this by limiting yourself to one or two of the best resources available.
Give Yourself Deadlines
A great way to keep yourself progressing through a long project is to break it down into manageable parts. Follow this up by creating deadlines for each of the smaller tasks. You will feel a sense of accomplishment with each deadline you meet, motivating you to finish what you’ve started.
Start Right Now
Apprehension over starting a new project can cause you to stall out before you even begin. You can overcome this by not giving yourself time to allow your fears to gain momentum and put your plans into action right now.
Learn By Doing
Everyone wants to be a master of their craft, but putting off your plans until you’ve obtained mastery is unrealistic. Trust that you will perfect your skills through practice.
Distractions are a deterrent to your success, so if you want to accomplish anything, you’ll need to eliminate them from the equation. If you’re busy with a project, mute your cell and turn off the television. You’ll get more done, and you’ll do it faster.
Let Go of Perfectionism
Nothing you do for the first time is going to go smoothly. You’re going to make mistakes and experience failures. That’s no reason to skip out on the adventure. Embrace the flaws in your work and ask yourself how you can improve it next time.
Reward Your Efforts
Celebrate your successes — even the small ones. The little incentives you give yourself will help propel you forward.
It’s no secret, sometimes I still struggle to get things done. Doesn’t everyone? I am not floundering anymore, though! I’m out here actively living my life and seeing my plans through to their conclusions. You can do that too – and I hope these tips help you do it!