Look at your to do list. What is most important that you want to accomplish?
Take what you want to accomplish, and ask yourself these questions:
- Why do I need to accomplish this task?
- What are the benefits of accomplishing this task?
- What are the things that will keep me from accomplishing this task?
- For each of these things, write down how you will overcome or account for this obstacle.
- What will I need to give up in order to accomplish this task?
- Am I REALLY going to get this done?
- Do I want this enough to get it done?
- How am I going to counter negative thinking/inertia/Resistance?
- What am I going to do to show that I am committed to finishing this?
- What needs to be done in order to finish this task?
Here’s my example:
My Task: Defend my dissertation by summer, if possible
- I need to accomplish this task so that I can have a PhD in order to get a job in what I want to do.
- Independence to do the things I want to do, and to apply, and hopefully make money doing what I enjoy. Acknowledgement that I finished something that I committed several years to. Respect from others. Validation in myself that I am better now than I was years ago when I started. The ability and authority to change the world in positive ways.
- My list:
- Imposter syndrome – reminding myself that I am good enough, and that learning and writing take time to do, but each day, I get better.
- Lazyness – spazz out during those “in between” moments when I am about to hit inertia. Remember, and reflect – am I being lazy, or tired, or do I need a mental break and refresh myself?
- Resistance and fear – remembering that fear and resistance block the path that you are destined to accomplish. I must face that fear, and conquer it. I do that by writing, one word at a time, and believing in the process.
- Emergencies, and changes beyond my control – do one thing, even if it is a little thing, to move myself forward each and every day. Believe that I can overcome.
- A lot! Time, hobbies, taking up new and interesting things. I must discipline myself, and remember that getting a PhD. is my life. I must make it my life now.
- Yes. Failure is not an option for me.
- Yes. It is why I am still here in my program. Comprehensive exams hardened my resolve, and I can already see the benefit of my perseverance.
- Remind myself of why I am here. I have no choice in getting a PhD, because it is the only way I will be able to change the world, and make it better.
- I have already shown my commitment with my comprehensive exams and my proposal. How do I show I’m finishing? Every day, I will work toward this dissertation. Every. Single. Day.
- A plan, and my daily accomplishments, and faith in myself that I will get this dissertation finished!