They do more before 9am then some people do all day
Sometimes I feel like I’m the “some people” the Army used to refer to. As much as I hate to admit it, my mornings aren’t productive. Really at all.
The problem is 3 fold:
- I LOVE the idea of getting up early in the morning, but my morning self just doesn’t agree. “Just ten more minutes. I promise.”
- I’m a dad. My mornings belong to my wife, my kids and my pugs. Although not always in that order.
- Blogs. Need I say more?
That means I’m ready to dive into my workday right around the crack of 11:30am. Not really a recipe for elite productivity.
The REAL Problem
Ok, I lied. Although everything I’ve said about my mornings is true so far, that’s not really my problem. My problem is fear. I may finally sit down to my computer to work at 11:30am, but on most days it won’t be until 2:30pm until I hit my stride. I spend 3 hours being afraid. Wow, that sucks. It doesn’t matter if it’s programming, web design, writing music for marching bands or film scores, I have a very hard time actually starting the work that needs to be done, and that’s the honest truth. No matter how passionate I may be, or how much I love what I do (which I totally do!) I have a strong mental resistance to starting my work. Starting seems to be the key, too. Once I start, I’m good.
It’s a problem, so I’m going to try an experiment based on some coding advice from a fellow programmer:
“Leave something broken at the end of the day”
Leaving something broken up on your screen gives you instant access to both the problem you need to focus on and the tools you need to fix it. No more resistance from not knowing what’s next. No more resistance from having to start the apps you need to get to work. Just work, waiting.
Simple, huh! So, today and all next week I’m going to try to leave something obviously broken on my desktop. That way when I do finally sit down at my computer I know exactly what needs to be done, and it’s open, running, and RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, ready to be worked on. Right after I read my blogs, of course.