You know the way it goes. Some jobs take 3-6 months and two hours, and sometimes only five minutes over the initial gearing up period. However, they require some significant teeth marks in some hard metal bullets. The tasks are just extremely difficult to contemplate and somewhat disappointing to brag about while deeply gratifying to have completed.
Cleaning my desk, for instance, has required a holster full of bent bullets with tooth impressions profound enough to constitute a complete dental exam. I was, frankly, overwhelmed and that was the first battle. Moving from despair to hope is such a leap of faith, but it is 90% of the battle and takes 99% of my time. Once I started, I began to sense of snow-balling of hope.
Now I sit at a clean, well organized desk. Ambiguous items are stuffed in a box for later examination and a more emotionally detached decision.
I wonder how long it will last - probably not as long as it took to make it happen.
This seems to call for an acronym. Therefore, I will attempt one: BITE the B (The bullet, that is).
B - Bury your apprehensions. Whatever is holding you back seems worse than it is.
I - Inhale. Come rested and just decide to do it.
T - Take time. Give the task a reasonable, but not overly extended block of time. In fact, a bit of a deadline could be helpful.
E - Energize. Start your engines. Feel them rev up. You are tuning your mental faculties toward your physical demands.
T - Test the waters. Start with a small piece of the task that you could do and it would be enough if you decided to quit for the day.
H - Hands on. Touch your project with both hands.
E - Enter into the "doing it now" zone with your whole body and soul.
B - Begin in earnest. There is no substitute for starting. Once you have started, really started, you are less likely to quit.
Bite the B!