I wrote my first workshop last week and even though it was difficult because I’ve never done it before, it actually went fairly well once I actually sat my arse down and started it. I find it so difficult to start things that seem big and I realised that I had to return to breaking things down into small steps. It always comes back to that!
It went pretty well after I’d realised that’s what I needed to do and I was surprised at how well a lot of it flowed. It just goes to show how much you actually have stored in your head that can be pretty useful at times!
After that, I started thinking about all the other things I want to achieve and how much I keep putting them off because it’s too big of a job. Like making the garage into an office or even just cleaning the oven (ugh). Well I started off cleaning the oven and because it needs to be left overnight, I did the easy bit by soaking everything.
I was not massively impressed to wake up on Sunday morning and having to clean all the goo out of the oven. My stomach was even less impressed at having to deal with that first thing in the morning. But now it’s done, there’s a lining on the bottom so I don’t have to deal with that bit next time and I feel much better.
The garage is a rather bigger task and my first step is to clear out all the crap. That will take a few days but my challenge is to get the majority of it done by the end of the week. I half thought about hiring a skip, but I have a van and most of the stuff in there was broken down from when I moved in two years ago (yeah, it’s all still there, unused!). I know that when I’ve finished that part, there is plenty more to come but just cleaning it out to start with is a great first step.
I had a look around other things in my life to look for inspiration and found the couch to 5k training I’m doing is a prime example of small steps leading to bigger achievements. I’m already well over halfway through and did a 20 minute run on Sunday (20 minutes!!!). I put it off for a couple of days because it really made me nervous but after just telling myself to get on with it, I was so pleased with the achievement. Luckily I go back down to shorter times this week but the feeling of being able to do that has really boosted me.
I’m now looking at all the things I’ve had in the back of my mind that I’d like to achieve and always thought I might like to but probably wouldn’t ever do. They now seem a lot more attainable and not that difficult to fit in. I mean, I know that I can’t do everything at once, but if I take it slowly with small steps, I can get there.