Sometimes I let things fall behind. I forget to clean out my email for weeks or I haven’t worked on my online course in months. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing anything, even things I think are fun. It’s so easy to get into a rut and so hard to find a way out. But I’ve found something that helps take the edge off of the times where doing anything is too much.
One small thing is better than nothing. It’s an amazingly simple concept: do something, no matter how small it is, even doing one thing is way better than doing nothing.
When my email gets overwhelming, I tell myself to delete the ones that are obviously spam. I do that one thing, that takes me less than five minutes, and the next time I open my email box it seems that much less daunting.
For my online class, I set a timer for five minutes in the morning and do what work I can in that time. It’s very slow going, but it is preferable to making no progress.
Your small steps might be smaller or larger than mine, but they still count for something. Look around and find your ruts. Do one small thing to make them that much easier.