Do the work you don’t like

So you have planned for doing the work you don’t like. You are at your desk for the first work session. You have not suddenly fallen in love with what you have to do. So, how do you get started?

Step 1: Reconnect with your why

You are not going to be motivated each day to do work you don’t like. So reconnect with your why. If you have not written this down then do so now in your project notebook. Yes, all projects need a notebook, digital or physical.

Step 2: Get specific on the outcome that you want

While you may know the final result or outcome that you need to achieve by the end of the project, this may not help you for the specific work session. You need a clear indicator of what the result of your work session will be. Spend the first five minutes of the work session writing down what you intend to achieve by the end of the work session.

Step 3: Determine if the work session is long enough to produce the outcome you want

Now that you know what you want to achieve for the work session, assess whether the time allotted is sufficient. List the various tasks for the work session and estimate how long each task will take. I tend to just do one task for each work session even if the task will take 10 minutes. One task gives one specific result and gives you a sense of completion. I can then schedule another task later in the day or even for immediate execution.

Step 4: Just do the work you don’t like

If you have all the resources available to you to do the work and you know exactly what you need to accomplish then doing the work is a no-brainer. So just do it.

If for some reason you can’t, spend 5 minutes writing in a journal on why you can’t get started.

The pre-writing before the real work will help you determine if you really do have every thing you need to do the work.

Most times you will have every thing you need. The pre-writing in your journal will help ease you into the work.

Step 5: At the end, schedule your next work session and the specific outcome you want to accomplish

After you have completed the first task, determine the next task and the outcome you need for the next task. Determine the amount of time required to execute and schedule the task on your calendar.

Step 6: Track your progress

Track the time spent on the project in your project notebook and whether you completed the specific task and achieved the outcome associated with the task. Use a bar chart for the amount of time spent. The bar chart is a visual representation which will help you feel good about the time putting into the project to get it done.

Now you try

If you haven’t planned the steps you need to take to reach the result you need to produce, then go to here for some tips to do this planning. Each project has multiple sub-projects and each sub-project has multiple tasks. You can choose the first task of the first sub-project or a task of another sub-project to apply the above steps. Choose one which can be accomplished and for which you already have all resources to accomplish the task.

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