Committing to doing something isn’t easy but seeing it through is even harder. Finding motivation for getting even the most basic tasks done can be challenging. When that happens, your productivity takes a huge hit.
To get yourself started on the right foot, you should live and work by these three words: Commit, focus, start.
Before you decide to do something, make sure you are ready to commit. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for failure and wasting your time. Ask yourself these four questions:
- What will I gain from this?
- What will others gain from this?
- How much time will this take?
- Will it make a difference?
If you can’t give yourself solid answers to these questions, it’s best not to move forward. Before you take any big steps, you have to know what the road to the finish line looks like and what you expect to gain. What actually happens doesn’t have to match exactly what you think will happen, but you should at least have an idea. If you’re comfortable with where that road is taking to you, commit to it. And when you commit, make sure you are ready and prepared for it.
After you have committed, get focused. This is your time to plan and strategize. You should always have a game plan before you start. Create milestones and checkpoints for yourself:
- When do you want to finish?
- How much progress should you make at each checkpoint?
- Do you need help?
- What is Plan B? Plan C?
Mapping everything out helps you prepare for whatever lies ahead, even the unexpected. This saves you time and effort.
Once you have committed and focused your attention and energy, you can start. This is probably the hardest part. It can be scary to start anything new; however, keep in mind what you thought of when you committed. Whether you fail or succeed, it’s a learning experience.