If you are procrastinating on some task, it is likely because of some micro-friction or some tiny aspect of unclarity. It’s too easy to say, “I just don’t have the time,” or “I just don’t want to,” but I bet there is something more to it. Here’s my example: I use MyFitnessPal to track my food. For a few months, I put off entering any food. The task is on my daily checklist. The task is in my brain. It’s not that hard. It’s doesn’t take much time. But, I haven’t been doing it. When I finally examined what the problem was, the reason dawned on me. I changed the recipe on my multi-ingredient daily shake. And, in my mind, inputting the new ingredients into MyFitnessPal was going to be a pain. So, I just didn’t do it. And because I didn’t do it, I then didn’t enter in any food. The whole task was abandoned because of one little micro-friction. For you: think about one thing you are procrastinating on. Then, figure out what very small micro-friction, or point of unclarity, has stopped all progress. Get super small and specific in your analysis. It might be as simple as firing off a single email. But what is it? Often resolving whatever that micro-friction or point of unclarity is can unstick the whole task.
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