Do you ever feel that you are spinning your wheels? You know, one of those days when you can’t seem to get anything done? Do you feel that you are stuck and you don’t know how to get “unstuck?”
I have those days from time to time. Writers call it writer’s bloc–one of those times when you can’t get started.
How do you get “unstuck?”
This is what I do.
First, do something. Most of the time, I have plenty to do. Just doing something makes me feel better. As I accomplish a few tasks, other tasks seem to come easier. As I write, I need to get a few words on the screen. Having written something makes it easier to write what you really need.
Second, do something hard. My wife Martha often talks about what’s on her “nag list.” Those are the jobs that bother her and constantly nag at her until she gets them done. Getting those obstacles out of the way will help your feelings immensely and may give you momentum for other tasks.
Finally, do something important. I always try to do the most important jobs first, but I find when I am stuck it won’t always work. Therefore, you may simply have to get started with something before you can do the most important.
Many times I feel stuck because something big needs to be done. Dealing with the important will help you be and feel productive.
One of my past jobs involved supervising Ph. D. students. I watched many otherwise bright students who could never get “unstuck.” When they had a dissertation they couldn’t write, I usually counseled them to follow the simple formula above. Sit down and try until something begins to fall into place. Even when you are stuck, sitting and trying hard for two to three hours will make a world of difference.
May you have a productive day!
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