article on how to make it easier to get started
A simple title, but I learned a lot from this article. Like emotions, motivation is fleeting; it comes and goes. So, the best way to get started on something isn’t wait for motivation to come, but just do something small.
if you lack the motivation to make an important change in your life, then do something, anything really, and then harness the reaction to that action as a way to begin motivating yourself. I call this The “Do Something” Principle.
I quickly learned that forcing myself to do something, even the most menial of tasks, quickly made the larger tasks seem much easier. If I had to redesign an entire website, then I’d force myself to sit down and would say, “OK, I’ll just design the header right now.” But after the header was done, I’d find myself moving on to other parts of it. And before I knew it, I’d be energized and engaged in the project.
There is something similar with what James Clear said about going smaller. It’s always useful to ask yourself ‘how can I break this down into smaller steps?’ and just start working on the first baby step, which strangely gives you motivation to keep working on it.