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7 Reasons Why You Get Stuck Even When It Seems To Be So Close To Success

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7 Reasons Why You Get Stuck Even When It Seems To Be So Close To Success

You’ve got a deadline on the horizon, but you’re not worried because you’re on top of your game. Until, suddenly—you stall. What happened? Why can’t you make any progress when you were just trucking along? Check out these reasons why you get stuck even when it seems to be so close to success, and hopefully you’ll get to the root of your problem.

1. Your goal seems too daunting.

Even if you were initially making progress with your task, maybe you got cold feet and realized your goal was too daunting. Does it seem like too much? It might be time to take a step back and see what you’re trying to tackle. Even if it doesn’t seem like too much, break your major project into manageable tasks that you can accomplish more easily. You can do them quickly, and before you know it, the entire project will be complete!

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2. You’re sticking to the same approach.

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut if you’re always trying the same approach. It’s especially hard when you’re trying the same thing and expecting different results, like the same answer will work for every problem you have. Instead, think outside the box. Try to see the end of your project and envision different ways to get there. The more creative you are, the more fun you’ll have working on the task! And also, you’re less likely to get the same result as anyone else you might be competing with.

3. You’re not focusing on long-term results.

Are you stuck because you don’t see the point of your project? Even small tasks can have great importance in the long run. Look at every project as a building block towards something bigger. If you see the impact your project will make, it might inspire you to get back on track.

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4. You’re not being patient enough.

You want to have everything done right now, right? It’s a common feeling, but you have to be patient. Getting impatient just makes it harder to focus on what you actually need to accomplish at this moment. It might take a lot of time to finish something major, so know you need to put in a lot of effort to see the results. It’s going to be worth it in the end, even if it takes awhile to get there!

5. You got distracted.

You let your project sit on the back burner for too long, and now you have no desire to come back to it. Remember how involved you were in the project before you lost focus, and try to harness that energy again. Jump back in!

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    6. You’re procrastinating.

    This is the opposite of not being patient—you’re being too patient, and not making any progress at all! Don’t sit around and put your project off until the last minute. Even if it seems daunting, or you don’t have the drive to work on it, push yourself to start with a small part of the project. Look back at the tolerable steps you broke the project into, and start tackling it. Once you make a little bit of progress, you’ll be inspired to continue, and you’ll get the project done before you know it!

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    7. You’re a perfectionist.

    Who doesn’t want their work to be perfect? You don’t want anyone to find holes in your project, so you’re stuck because you’re working so hard to make it just right. It might be hard, but sometimes you just have to let it go. Do your best work and have faith that it will be close to perfect, because it’s your best! You just might be surprised at how good your work can be when you just do it, instead of being preoccupied with how it’s going to turn out.

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    Last Updated on October 21, 2021

    How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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    How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

    Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

    Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

    The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

    Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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    Program Your Own Algorithms

    Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

    Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

    By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

    How to Form a Ritual

    I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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    Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

    1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
    2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
    3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
    4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

    Ways to Use a Ritual

    Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

    1. Waking Up

    Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

    2. Web Usage

    How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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    3. Reading

    How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

    4. Friendliness

    Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

    5. Working

    One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

    6. Going to the gym

    If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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    7. Exercise

    Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

    8. Sleeping

    Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

    8. Weekly Reviews

    The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

    Final Thoughts

    We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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