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Starting small

Published on 11 June 2015

Every day I face new challenges and complex problems. This is expected as part of my job, and it’s also the main reason I love it, but it isn’t easy. Lately I’ve been trying something to make it easier.

It’s been said that the hardest part of doing anything is getting started, and it’s true. To make it easier I start small. When I arrive at my desk ready to start work, I find myself a small, simple task that I can get done quickly.

Doing this is a lot less daunting than diving into whatever complicated problem I was dealing with the day before, and it gives me a victory right at the start of my day, putting me in a better frame of mind for whatever else I need to get done.

I’ve been doing this for just over a week and have found it to be very effective, but would love to hear about it if you’ve been trying something similar or have alternative strategies for getting started.