This is such a great exercise.
And, this is such a great question: When can I start again?
Let’s do an abridged version of this exercise now. What’s your big project?
My Big Project is:
It will take me this long to complete it:
When can I start today? On what part will I start?
Once you’re done with that phase:
When can I start again? _______________
Remember: We want to focus on STARTING again and again. Those baby steps channel any anxious energy we may have and lead us, inevitably, to our goal!
P.S. Remember: “Action plans—in which you write down when, where, and how you will perform a goal behavior—help people increase the frequency of healthy habits, such as exercise. Research on enhancing the motivation to exercise, reported in the British Journal of Health Psychology, found that the more elaborate the mental simulation of the action steps, “the higher is the probability to initiate the intended behavior.” That is, having a mental rehearsal (creating pictures in your mind) of what you intend to do and specifying when, where, and how you’ll do it increase the odds that you’ll start on the actions that lead to your goals. This finding applies whether your goal is to exercise more, eat healthier foods, stop smoking, or work consistently on top-priority projects.”