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It's All about Getting Started

Just before starting a project, you feel the urge not to get started yet, but to refine your plan and prepare even further. So instead of working on the project, you waste your time on unnecessary research and pointless planning.

But this is the wrong way to go. With a new project, a certain amount of preparation is of course required. But anything beyond that is wasted time. You have to start working and to get closer to your goal.

A plan that breaks down all the tasks to the smallest detail is very rarely helpful. Perfectionism prevents you from making progress because you don't spend your time on goal-oriented tasks.

Social media and productivity gurus have made many people feel like they need to plan every minute of their lives, projects, and free time.

This optimization prevents you from achieving your goals. You feel stressed, overwhelmed, and useless because you don't live up to the inflated expectations of yourself.

The Joy of Experimentation

Spontaneity and trial and error usually lead to better results than following a rigid plan. One is more adaptable and flexible.

A guideline or rough schedule is useful, of course, but an overly restrictive plan limits creative thinking and causes more stress than it prevents.

The Pareto effect states that 80% of the results are achieved by 20% of the total effort. So, there is plenty of room for experimentation and faults. Stay a student!

No day should be planned down to the minute, because social relationships and ideas do not emerge according to a fixed pattern. Just like sheet music, which only becomes true music through the feelings of the musician, creative ideas must be given room to flourish.

You must remember, however, that there are three stages of progress. By demanding too much of yourself, you deprive yourself of the opportunity to be happy and satisfied with your work. If you don't just start and improve along the way, you'll be in the pit stop forever.

Not starting the race at all is definitely worse than being the last one to finish. You only learn if you work on something and finish it. It's better to finish something mediocre than to give up.