Difficult tasks.  We all hate them. We dread them.  We look at them and think of any way to get around them.

Why?

Because they’re difficult, of course!

But that has to stop, and if you’ve been putting off a difficult task for any length of time, then putting it off has to stop today!

The reason is simple.

A difficult task will not get any easier as time passes.  Instead, it will only get more and more difficult.

Think about it from a financial perspective.  If you have a credit card bill of $6,000, chancesmb-201403checkbook are for most people, the idea of coming up with a plan to pay this off is pretty difficult.  It’s probably very overwhelming.

So, if you don’t tackle it, and just make the minimum payment, where does this get you?

The answer is simple.

Nowhere!

That’s right, you will get absolutely nowhere by not tackling your problem.  In fact, the reality of the situation is that you’ll likely end up in a worse situation.  You might add to the balance.  Even if you don’t, the stress of having it hang over your head will cause you angst and grief.

It won’t work out for you.  Your debt won’t get paid down by itself.  A plan won’t appear out of thin air.  You’re not going to win the lottery and have it magically go away.  Sorry, these things are not the solution to your problem.

The solution is simple.

Get started today.  That’s right, today.  Not tomorrow, today.

Find a difficult task, identify it, and get to work.

Does this mean that you’ll have the task completed tomorrow?  No.  There’ s very little chance of that happening, and in most cases, if you’re that quick, chances are you didn’t really tackle the difficult task you have out there.

But, if you get started today, you will start making progress.  In many cases, getting started is the hard part, because with something that’s large and difficult and overwhelming, you don’t even know where to start!

Getting started is simple.

  1. Write down the task – Whatever it is, just write down what the task is.  Keep it high level.  Just a few words.  This step alone can start pulling the focus in tighter.
  2. Write down the goal – If you accomplish the task, what do you want to end up with after having it done?  This step helps you visualize the completion of the problem.
  3. Write down what you need to do – Just start writing down steps.  They don’t even have to be in order.  You can go back and re-order them later if you need to.  This step will start breaking your task down into meaningful achievements.
  4. Estimate how long your steps will take – Whether it’s a small task that will take a few days, and you just need to estimate your time by hours, or a large task that will take months to complete, putting some dates and times will really reign it in for you.
  5. Re-organize everything – Now, you’ve got a plan laid out, so go back and re-organize it.  Write it down again with things in order.  Chances are, as you’re writing it down, you’ll come up with some further refinements.  Now you’ve got the hang of it.
  6. Marvel at your plan – Look how easy that was. You started off with something big and overwhelming, you identified the problem, identified the goal, and started working through steps to get to the end goal.
  7. Get working – After you take a few minutes to bask in the glory, stop basking.  Take a look at your list of things to do, and get started on the first one.  You’re on your way.

This may be rather oversimplified, but I bet that if you really take a look at something you don’t want to do because it’s too hard, too overwhelming, or will take too much time, this will get you going down the right road.  The steps here may not be the exact ones you follow, but one thing I can guarantee is that if you don’t at least start somewhere, you will get nothing done, and your difficult task will just sit there, getting more and more difficult.

So, what do you say?  Let’s get started today.