23 Jan Build Your Momentum Via These 6 Easy Steps
“Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.” – Bryant McHill
We always hear this from ourselves and other people: “I have plenty of things to do! It just seems there’s not enough time to finish my work.” However, have you ever realized that being busy is actually spent on more trivial things? It is a sad truth but it really happens. You are actually procrastinating if you are busy doing unnecessary things.
To be productive, it is important to identify and prioritize the tasks that require immediate attention. This is where you can see you are making progress and being busy means more meaningful. People who usually claim they are busy cannot actually get themselves or motivate themselves to start on a big, important task.
To build your momentum and initiate making progress on important projects or tasks, you need to analyze and identify the actions you should take. As soon as you establish your momentum, you will no longer think or even care whether you are busy or not. All you ever wanted is to continue on making progress by doing the right tasks.
“Whatever beginning goals you set for yourself, following through on them will build momentum and a sense of achievement, and those small successes will point the way to bigger ones” – Pamela Glass Kelly
Building Your Momentum
The following 6 tips will help you build your momentum when you are struggling in getting the most important and necessary tasks done.
1. Design a Plan.
Bigger tasks are very challenging and overwhelming. Your ability to organize is required here.
- Identify the task and break it down into smaller tasks to make it easier and more workable. It is like making a hierarchy outline. Start with the difficult ones followed by the average tasks until you go to the easier ones. Ask help from people you trust. Let them check your list of tasks so they can identify if you miss anything. You can use this list of tasks in the future should you get to work on a similar project.
- Make a plan on how to perform and go about the project. Make sure that you have the required resources, materials and people.
2. Outsource or Delegate.
- To prevent you from getting overwhelmed with bigger tasks, look for other sources by delegating some tasks or outsourcing them. Do not assume that you can do everything. After all, you are not a superhuman. A single task that you remove from your shoulder reduces to much anxiety.
Identify the —
- tasks that you can do and finish it with the set schedule
- tasks that you can delegate or outsource to someone who will be able to produce quality work at the set time
- tasks that you can automate
Once you have identified the above, you will be able to reduce your job, have some free time to relax and boost your confidence in getting the work done without getting stressed out.
When building momentum, you need to be responsible, too. Integrity is a virtue and is essential in any kind of relationship, even at work. To gain the trust of your clients or superiors, you need to be responsible.
Being responsible is –
- committing yourself to finishing the project you accepted based on the agreed terms and conditions, including the timeframe;
- being honest if you encounter problems during the project (like not being able to meet the deadline due to emergencies or other issues)
4. Ask for Assistance.
Asking for assistance does not diminish your ability but it actually helps in building your momentum. Problems and obstacles can happen anytime during the project.
Stop pretending you are Superman or Wonder Woman or someone who knows every solution to every problem. A single problem or issue that is not quickly resolved during the project affects the output and timeframe. Of course, you should try solving the problem by being flexible or resilient but ask assistance if it is getting you nowhere.
5. Get Rid of the Unnecessary Things.
Find time to finish the more important tasks. If time is the problem, you probably are doing the less important than the more important ones. It is usually doing the less important tasks that take your time. Practice getting rid of the unnecessary or unimportant tasks to build your momentum and to embark on the more important ones.
6. Take on the Easy Ones.
This does not mean initiating on the easier tasks and neglecting the difficult ones. Once you have the hierarchy of tasks and are having a hard time building your momentum, start with the easier tasks. This is the most practical thing to do rather than spend so much time on the difficult ones and losing interest. Not only will you be able to finish the whole project but will also make progress on every stage. Get started with the difficult tasks once you have built your momentum.
Even the experts and the most active people experience low energy levels. Low levels of enthusiasm and energy are normal; however, do not let this get into your system. When this happens, remember to build your momentum. Your energy levels may be different from what it was last week or yesterday, but try to make progress instead! Use your time and manage it wisely. Better days are just ahead of you!