Finding Your Sweet Spot
When I want to do something hard, I try to find my sweet spot: long enough to be impactful, short enough to be do-able. My friend asked me about how to work on his relationship with booze, especially after the holidays. After a conversation, he's decided to do a sober January: long enough to have a real impact on his health, his emotional coping skills and his relationship with alcohol... but short enough to feel do-able.
When I was writing my first book I was absolutely daunted at the prospect. So I tried to just write a chapter. But that wasn't my sweet spot, still too daunting. Rather, at that point, my sweet spot was just a page. I could get through a page. And enough pages strung together makes a very crappy first draft! Win.
In general, I'm a big fan of 30 day trials as sweet spots. Sometimes thats too much, sometimes not enough, but its quite often just right.
When something feels like too much to tackle, search for your sweet spot.
Big enough to be impactful. Small enough to feel do-able.