Want to make progress on a project? Then do it daily.
The best part is that it makes it easy!
In the Doghouse
I used to not have a lot of things. A doghouse. A boat. Friends. Self respect. A pulse.
Okay, I’m getting off track… and a little depressed.
I was really just wanting to talk about the doghouse. I used to not have one. Now I do. And I have friends! Lots of them. And I have great vocal range. Sure, I can only say “brains,” but it’s the way I say it.
Sorry. I’m getting off track again. This is the story about how I didn’t have a doghouse and now I do. I wanted to build a doghouse for my pup, not because she’s not allowed in the hovel, but because it’s a hovel. Sometimes she needs some better digs.
I struggled to be motivated to build it at first. It’s a big project after all. It wasn’t until I decided to do it daily that things came together. Here’s what I did.
My Streaking Habit
The key to completing any project, particularly when you don’t want to, is following what a successful person does. Who is a successful person? Someone who has easy, streaking fun.
They make the task so easy each day it’s simple to do. They create streaks of activity to make progress. They inject fun into the process and change chores into fun activities.
That’s what I did. All I had to do each day was work 5 minutes on the doghouse. That’s it. It was so simple I had no problem doing it.
The next step is to work on it every day. That’s how you make progress: you do it daily. Since it was only 5 minutes, it was easy.
And I made it fun. I made the whole process a game. It’s one of the secrets to trick your brain into doing what you don’t want to do. After all, fun drives success.
Do It Daily
I finished my doghouse and really enjoyed the process. It was a lot of fun, and now my pooch has a place to relax when she’s had enough of me.
There’s something about taking a project and doing it in small chunks every day that makes it easy and fun, and then it’s over before you know it.
What’s a big project you’re working on? Find a way to break it down into small, easy steps, do it daily, and make it fun. You’ll be surprised how quickly it comes together and how much you enjoy making it happen.