The best way to overcome something is to face it! Especially if it is something that is causing anxiety because it is probably due to a fear of failure. In this case, understand that as long as you are trying and learning through the trials and errors, you are never failing, just gaining knowledge and tips to prepare you for the next try.
- Do you have problem with short attention span? Do you find it difficult to concentrate?
- What you do when you catch yourself getting distracted?
- What do you do when your task takes longer than 25 minutes?
- Do you find it easy to interweave your rituals in to the rest of your everyday family life?
- How do you switch your brain off from constantly self-distracting?
I get what you’re talking about with anxiety getting in the way. For me, having something visual helps. I like to make really clear, simple lists that make it easy for me to pick up somewhere. Sometimes it can also be something physical like a reward you give yourself for achieving something. This can be as small as a sticker or a pat on the back.
It depends on where your anxiety is coming from, but to just get started on something, I try to set really REALLY easy goals that I know I can achieve, and then if I have a visual reminder that I can do it, it’s more likely that I will.
Break it down further. Even if it becomes micro tasks! Regardless of how minor it may be after completing deconstructing the larger task, you are still working on that larger task.
Unfortunately I struggle with the same issue. I find myself procrastinating due to fear, and take on tasks I know I can accomplish. I’ve found the best way for me to combat this behavior is acknowledging it. I tell myself “I am avoiding _________ because I’m scared of _________(e.g failing, not being good at it, feeling like I’m stupid, letting myself down, feeling like I don’t have what it takes to succeed, etc), which is so silly! There’s nothing to be afraid of/ intimidated by, I can do this!” After a pump up talk, I usually laugh at how I was scared of a simple little thing. And, what is there to even be afraid of? I already don’t know the task (in my case, graduate school statistics), so worse case scenario, I know a tiny bit more than when I woke up this morning! This practice seems ridiculous, but verbal self-validation has worked so well for me in a variety of ways and can help relieve the anxiety you feel from fear.
Congratulations for your courage. Recognize anxiety is temporary and it won’t kill you. You can walk mindfully through the situation to achieve that which means so much to you. Reward yourself for each step. Make self care your priority, making sure yoga and/or meditation is always given appropriate priority, including the breathe. Use visualization, positive thoughts and believe in yourself. The same courage that led you to where you are will get you to where you want to be. Best wishes.
Nothing worth having in life comes easy. There’s times in our life when we will have to take a leap. Live life and take risk, especially when it’s for the better.
- Is being sincere any way wrong. Is working hard wrong. Should we be careless. Should we do work perfectly or imperfectly? Should we take responsibility or not? Because people who take responsibility are sincere and hardworking but people who are careless, poor, irresponsible are environment friendly. Am I right or not?
- Once I have finished a deep work session of any length, I take a short break. However, I struggle to get back into that deep work state afterwards. Any tips for re-engaging with work after a break?
- How do you commit to your habit and able to do a deep work, without pause?
- What helps you prepare for a deep work session? Things that help you look forward to doing this daily?
- Do you stop deep work when time is up or keep going as long as your in the flow?
- How do you ensure high quality work?
- What does deep work mean for you?
- What do you do to ensure that you stay focused?
- Should I increase my focus time past 25 mins or just keep blocking it out while taking 5 min breaks in between?
- Which tasks do you choose to work on when you’re completing the deep work exercise?