How to make it easier to start things when the last thing you want to do is start

Alex Mathers
5 min readJun 13, 2024

Finishing things is mega important.

It means that the stuff we make has a greater chance of being seen, used and loved.

When we finish things often, we have a shot at making a dent in this silly Universe.

But there is one thing that is even more important than finishing, and that’s starting.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~Mark Twain

This seems obvious. But if you think about it, we don’t just start once; we have to start many times over the course of a project.

Especially if we need to pee.

Finishing is essentially the same as starting anyway. We have to start that last step.

It is vital, but it is often a challenge (not the peeing bit, usually).

We need to navigate the assault course of our monkey minds. We have to fight that dull pressure in our chests that tells us to grab that bag of Cheez-Its and fire up Sugar Flicks for One. More. Episode.

We worry that others are better than us, who work faster than us, who get more likes than us.