Friday morning the batteries on my coffee scale finally died. (The fact that I have a coffee scale, or my obsession for a good cup of joe, isn't the point of this post) The battery light had been on for weeks now, and I kept telling myself that I needed to change the batteries. I had a box of AAAs in a drawer just six feet away, but i never made the time to get them. So while hustling to make my tall blonde roast, (you know how crazy mornings with kids can be), the scale just shut off. I was forced to change the batteries (all of which took about 30 seconds). What I had never made time for before, finally became necessary. But it turned out to be way less than I had built it up to be in my head, which got me thinking, "how often do I approach work like this?"
There are projects on my to do list that I have been putting off for days (okay, weeks). They have become these huge, overwhelming tasks that I just don't know where to begin. But the truth is, if I would take five minutes to sit down with the project, (close my email inbox,) collect my thoughts, and START, it probably will go quicker and be easier than I ever made it up to be in my head.
Whether its renewing a passport, drafting a reference letter, or a having that difficult, but necessary conversation with a coworker, I would challenge you to tackle it right now! Don't let this task hold a dark cloud over your week. It's Monday morning and you have your best energy--- conquer that project first thing and you will feel more accomplished by 10am than if you had just checked emails and confirmed appointments.
So close your email, maybe even shut your computer (or at least all the extra windows), put your phone on do not disturb, and take care of that daunting project you have been putting off. You will be glad you did!
Your Turn: How do you approach intimidating projects?