The Hardest Part is Getting Started

Regarding procrastination, sometimes the hardest part is getting started on whatever task it is. The hardest part of writing a new story is often just opening Microsoft Word and typing something — anything, even if it’s just “Chapter 1.” The hardest part of vacuuming is dragging the vacuum cleaner out of the closet and plugging it in.

The hardest part seems to be getting over that initial hump, then after that, you’re good to go. I find that it works that way for me a lot of the time. Like… the hardest part of writing this blog post was opening the “new post” screen and typing in the title. I know that in school, the hardest part of writing the research paper was always opening Microsoft Word and getting my thesis statement or the first few sentences down.

Getting over that initial hump is hard, but the sooner you do it, the sooner you can beat procrastination and move on to whatever it is you wanted to do. But the deeper question is… why is it so hard when it’s really so easy? It takes zero effort to load Microsoft Word (unless you have a slow computer) and it takes zero effort to drag the vacuum cleaner out (well, less physical effort than it takes to vacuum the house). One of the mysteries of life, I suppose…

5 thoughts on “The Hardest Part is Getting Started

  1. Fear of not being good enough, I always thought. Which is why I always accept my first draft will be useless. When it comes to editing, the writing is there, so there’s no fear of beginning and being useless!

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