Your boss sets you a task. You add it to your list and tell him you’ll get around to it in the next couple of days.
You have every intention of doing this.
When you start to think about the task you have to complete, your mind starts to complicate it. You have a habit of making things like this into the world’s most complicated Rubik’s cube.
You start to make your task seem daunting and too difficult.
So what happens? You don’t do it, and you put it to the bottom of the todo list.
You continue to think about the task, and you continue to make it even more complicated.
You tell your boss sorry, you’re too busy, and you put the task off for a few weeks.
You come back to the task 3 weeks later and let out a heavy sigh.
The task just seems too difficult. You start thinking about all the things you need to do before you can complete the task. You get that sinking feeling in your stomach.
You put the task off for another week.
The longer you don’t complete the task the harder it starts to become. It seems to get bigger. Not because the task has got any more complicated, but because you give yourself more time to make it more complicated.
You look at the task again. It seems like it’s laughing at you. It seems to know you’ll never complete it.
No, it definitely knows.
You change the due date for the task one last time.
You set the due date to 3 years from now, and hope your boss forgets about it.