I have a challenge for you/ If you are having trouble motivating yourself to start or finish a project you have already started, an excite list will help you get back on track quick.
What’s an excite list?
an excite list is what I call a list that attacks a project from a different angle. It helps to illiminate anxiety associated with a project because grounds a person. You will get some new approaches to the project, some will be simple and fun. So you’ll want to get back into it full steam.
How to create an excite list:
It’s easy. Just take your project, whether it is cleaning out the garage or building a new house. List it on a sheet of paper. Write down a sentence or two describing why you feel you are putting it off. Maybe you don’t know the next step. Or you might not think you have the right tool necessary to complete the job. What ever is holding you back, write the reasons at the top.
Underneath the reasons, begin a simple list. Jot down everything you need to do to get that one stumbling block out of the way. Keep it ultra-simple. Write down the “baby steps” needed to solve this and only this problem. If you need to purchase a screwdriver, then you might list: 1. collect my car keys 2. drive to hardware store 3. Select the right screwdriver….
As you work through your list, check off the simple tasks as you go along. This is important – it is where the excitement comes from. As you knock off each little task, you make progress on the core hurdle. You will have your problem out of the way before you know it. You’ll feel like you’ve taken on and conquered your problem.
You can make an excite list with just about any problem you have. It always gives new insite and a fresh perspective. Try it out and let me know how it works for you.