How to Get Working No Matter What

Stop convincing yourself that putting off the work is a good idea. Instead, believe that it’s worth your time.

Anisa Nasir
Jul 29, 2020 · 3 min read
Photo by Hillary Black on Unsplash

I struggle with consistency in my creative work every day. Not a morning goes by that I don’t wish I would’ve woken up earlier, immediately hit with a wave of stress, realizing I have no time to get anything done.

I’ve had days where I slept in far too late because I pulled an all-nighter to complete a deadline, and my body is begging for rest, but I still force myself out of bed. In my efforts to slow my pace and focus on bettering myself and my work, I’ve started saying something at the beginning of my day that helps ease the lingering pressure.

It’s never too late to start.

I have had days where I’ve slept in past noon or even later feeling like the day was already over and I’d failed. I know I can’t throw myself into my work immediately upon waking up, and every minute that goes by on a day like this feels wasted.

Ever since I’ve been telling myself that it’s never too late to start, that any effort will make the following day that much easier, I get back to work. I don’t have to sit there trying to convince myself that I’m going to get everything done, because I’m not trying to make that argument anymore.

Instead, I tell myself to get a single task done. That’s something I know I can do without fail, and it helps me ease back into the workflow. The most important lesson I’ve learned while trying to implement healthy and productive habits into my life is that any effort is still valid.

You are not a failure because you couldn’t miraculously finish six hours of work in two. I had to learn to give myself a break, to make the most of the time I do have so that I can plan for a better day tomorrow. There will always be distractions, and life will continue to get in the way, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up on your dreams.

The effort is worth it, and you’d be surprised how easily you can get through your hefty to-do list when you approach it with a clear mind. Don’t be afraid to slow down and take each task one step at a time. How you feel has a direct impact on your creative work, and taking the time to self-reflect and care for yourself is just as important as needing to power through to get everything done.

All you have to do is begin. Remember, it’s never too late to start.

So, what are you waiting for?

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