I’ve bumped into that question in several places lately in conversations with co-workers and in reading. What I’ve discovered for myself, is that my resistance seems to come from needing perfection. One of the voices in my head has been really loud lately insisting that my work space, lists, everything needs to be perfect before I can accomplish anything.
Let me tell you – my work space, lists, and calendar are far from perfect. The nature of my job as the manager of a thrift store inevitably means that “things” show up constantly in my office – donations my team aren’t sure how to price or deal with, papers, files, you name it, it seems to appear mysteriously on my desk.
We are in the process of expanding some of our office space too, so with the impending move, the mess has gotten worse. My time has been split between doing the things the absolutely must be done, and helping set up new offices or preparing for the moves in the current building. Layer on schedules, calls, hiring – you get the picture.
What I have found myself doing lately is quieting that voice by telling it when I get settled in the new office, I can organize and then get the work done. When I have the space to put away the clutter, then I can figure out how to improve the things I need to improve.
The problem is that that is just the latest excuse. Before that, there were others, and I’m sure after that, I will find something else. I need to accept that “perfection” is a myth and I need to just buckle down and get the work done.
Instead of waiting on the ideal time, it’s important to carve out a block, maybe an hour early in the day, and just focus on the most urgent issue or project. Getting started will likely be the hardest but most important step, and then the voice will quiet. Once that initial work is begun, then the rest will come easier.
What excuses are you letting get in your way?