This week I began a new service to my e-newsletter readers: the Monday Motivator. I send out a quote and a brief commentary on the message. Based on the positive feedback I've been getting from folks, I thought I'd post the weekly quotes on my blog as well.
"No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start: It becomes a nightmare."
-- Charles Baudelaire
The act of getting started on a project is one of the most common and difficult challenges I see among my coaching clients and doctoral students. Whether it is sitting down each day to begin work on your dissertation, or planning a new research project, in order to reach the end you have to begin. For some academics, the key to success is developing the habit of brief daily writing sessions. Even during those semesters when teaching, class preparation, and departmental meetings overwhelm you, the few scattered hours you carve out for your own research and writing can be the most important in furthering your career.
Even short work sessions build up over time. And if you are writing regularly, it will be much easier to avoid procrastination.
So get started today!