How to Do a Big Thing

For years I’ve wanted to start a blog. Also for years, I’ve procrastinated doing so, even though I knew it would be fun and definitely not that hard to actually accomplish. Nowadays all it takes is googling ‘free blogging websites’ and taking 10 minutes to think of a decent name. Okay, maybe a few hours, but that’s not the point. Starting a blog is not that difficult in and of itself, but rather, it is icky, and thus we delay.

Ickiness is one of the major ingredients of procrastination. We don’t necessarily put off things that are hard, but we put off things that merely seem that way. We put off tasks which we are not sure how to start doing, or things we don’t know we’ll be good at, even if the tasks themselves have none of these traits in reality. Even if we have no reason to believe that any of the issues in our head will emerge after starting the task, we avoid it anyway. That is why making things unicky is crucial in tackling procrastination.

Personally, there were a few things I was very uncertain about before giving writing a go. Mainly, as English is not my first language, I was unsure whether to start blogging in my native tongue (Lithuanian), English, or both at the same time. Whether to have two separate blogs in two different languages or one blog in one of these. If two, whether the two blogs should have the same content translated from one language to another, or two completely different sites. All of these questions made me delay creating a blog for years, and the solution was as simple as it hard to act on. My answer was – whatever. Who cares. Just do something. Just do anythingAnd I did, and here I am. I actually still do not have a satisfying answer to any of the above questions, but I realised that I can either stay in the thinking mode forever, or activate the writing mode today. So, I just picked a language and am rolling with it as we speak. So far so good, I guess.
There are two ways to fight ickiness – one is to make the task unicky (for example, by finding the answers to ickyfying questions), and the other one is to ignore it. So what if you don’t know exactly what to do, or how it goes, or if you’ll be good at it or not, just do the thing and adjust on the way. The only way to get good at things is experience, and it’s impossible to get experience without doing.



This is my first entry. I can see that it’s not good at all, and that I have a long way to go in writing something remotely decent, but hey, at least I took the first step. Hope there will be many more to follow. Cheers