Do you sometimes do nothing because you don’t know where to begin?
The best way to get something done is simply to get started.
Lots of people feel that they need to have a complete plan before embarking on a project.
Sometimes that works and other times it doesn’t. There are occasions when I get an idea and the whole strategy magically appears in my head.
Often I have an idea that I like but don’t know just how I will execute it.
A good example is writing an article for my blog. There have been times when I came up with a topic and knew right away which points I would include. Other times I have a good subject but nothing to flesh it out at first.
It’s easy enough to run with the post which arrived in my brain accompanied by all the subtopics. I just start writing.
- Should I google the topic to see what other people have written about it?
- Would it be best to let the idea gel in my head and hope that I’ll think of what to say?
- Perhaps I should begin writing? At least I could type the tentative title and hope for inspiration.
Which of those possibilities would be best?
I always at least write down the possible title and add any other thoughts I have about it. Sometimes that act will prompt some ideas of what I might say and I write those down too. Just making this start may get me going and I can go ahead and write the article.
- I might go for a walk.
- I could read a couple chapters.
- I may switch to another task on my to-do list.
Letting my brain play with the idea while I’m not even thinking about it often works for me.
The most important thing is to figure out your strategy.
A strategy can be just putting something aside with a starting time set for when you resume working on your task.
The small weekly project of writing a blog post doesn’t require a complex strategy.
Here’s an example of a strategy you might use for writing a once a week blog post:
4 days before – Decide the topic of your post.
3 days before – List main points and find images.
2 days before – Write the article.
1 day before – Proof the article. This is best done after setting it aside overnight.
the day – Publish the article.
Every day, reply to comments from readers.
What about when you get stuck on how to accomplish a major goal such as one for the year or the quarter or the month?
You probably won’t get much done unless you take the time to figure out a strategy to achieve it.
I will write about this next week.
Do you ever get stuck when writing a blog post? How do you get past that?