Toni Cameron wrote:I have to keep reminding myself that perfection is the enemy of the done.
Ellendra Nauriel wrote:Sometimes rebranding a task helps with motivation.
As an example, I hatehatehate pulling weeds!! But harvesting is fun. I started taking 2 buckets along, one for weeds that the chickens can eat, one for the burn pile. Suddenly, it's not "weeding", I'm just harvesting free chicken treats! And somehow, it doesn't seem as hard anymore.
This also gives me a clear cut-off point. I have a chronic pain disorder than kicks in when I overdo something, but when I'm wrapped up in a task I fall into the trap of "just a little more" and wind up paying for it. If I stop when the bucket is full, I'm less likely to overdo it, which means I can do more the next day instead of needing to lay still all day and recover.
Even if all you do is pull one handful of weeds, that's a handful of weeds done. Sometimes that's all you can do. But it is still something!
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:
Then I look at the tasks and ask myself: What is one, maybe two things, max, [depending on how big they are] I can accomplish today. I keep my written list by the computer and get started, just on those two. I strike through them when I'm done, or erase them.
The idea is to regain a sense of Ah! I DID accomplish *something*. Because that is really what you are trying to break: It is the vicious cycle of not feeling like you are getting ANYTHING done, and then you guilt yourself into more misery. It is a vicious cycle. It needs to be broken. That is how I do it. It is not so much "prioritizing", which has its place, it is starting to do.