A few simple ways I push myself to overcome resistance and start (or restart) a new project.
I just want to say that I love your newsletters each week! I literally flag and keep them all so that I can go back to the links or re-read the newsletters for inspo. So good 😭
But I agree with you and some of the comments below. I have 47020374627 projects that always seem so overwhelming. Breaking it down into manageable pieces always work for me. I put a little reminder on my phone everyday (a mini checklist that pops up at 7pm) that asks about my 4 priorities and how I worked towards them today. By me doing this, it allows me to make baby steps to my bigger goals because at least I did SOMETHING. I’m going on week 2 and it seems to be working for me.
All of this resonates with me so much! There are a couple of activities in which I encounter a ton of resistance whether I've been away from them awhile or not:
sewing clothes - If I think about the whole process, I balk at starting at all (fiddly zippers, waistbands, finishing seams agh!), but if I break it down into the steps and put the big picture out of my mind I find it goes along quite nicely and my resistance disappears.
writing - I tell myself "just 15 minutes" or "just open up your newsletter for 10 minutes and work on it" and those minutes always become more - but if I block out an hour or two to write? the resistance is something fierce.
Thank you for sharing this today! I had been thinking, what is wrong with me that I put all of the things that brought me joy to the side the past couple years when I could have done so much!? Your experience helped me realize not everyone has taken up sourdough or completely their wardrobes during the height of the pandemic. It’s okay to have let the stress of all the things block my creativity and motivation to do what I had loved so much. So, thank you for helping me feel not so alone, Sarai. Also, I want to make my own Delphos dress now!
Thank you, once again, for shining a light on inner workings.
Procrastination used to be my way of life. It was painful. For writing or other mainly mental pursuits, it gave me energy at the end to plow through the assignment, but physical things, like completing a hem before someone's wedding, were MORE painful. To make it worse, sometimes I would be rewarded (it seemed) by the task becoming obsolete or cancelled by outside forces. Now, I go with the task that I'm most jazzed about (I'm retired and can do that) and *I* decide if something is now obsolete/unnecessary.