Even if you never took physics in school you’ve probably heard of Newton’s 1st Law of Motion: “An object in motion stays in motion.” That’s the beauty of momentum. Once you begin a project or start a new habit, it becomes easier to continue. It’s starting something that can be so hard.
Undoubtedly you’ve had the experience of coming to work primed to begin a new project, then you realize that you’d really better reorganize your files, shuffle your papers, or line your paperclips up in descending size order. Because we don’t want to feel overwhelmed or unprepared, we distract ourselves. Worse, we think about having another meeting to plan the project.
Here’s an idea. Start the project. It won’t be perfect and that’s OK. Set a timer for 30 minutes. Do something on the project. Now you’ve begun and you’ll start to feel some energy when you continue during your next 30-minute session. Just as inertia can make it difficult to start, momentum can carry us forward…once you give it a chance.
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