So, I’m just starting out (blog post #2, yay!), and as I’m a perfectionist (sigh) I often have to fight the tendency to make everything super-duper in order to do it “right” by my standards. That’s a good way to procrastinate endlessly. It really works, trust me on that. 🙂
I already addressed this a bit in my first blog post Good Enough is Really Good Enough.
Another good way to start something new is to embrace your newbie-ness.
As I was thinking about how to proceed in building this website I realised that I don’t know a lot of things yet. Then I had an idea:
Yippee, I’m still a newbie and I could use the newbie mode! And that’s a good thing, because you can make as many mistakes as you want, and nobody will judge you for that. 🙂
Just turn on the newbie mode and start!
It’s like when you were learning how to write. I don’t think you tried to be perfect when you were learning the alphabet.
It’s obvious that you’re going to make some mistakes, but everybody in the class will, and the teacher will encourage you to just continue. It’s not like you’re just learning to write, and the first thing your teacher wants you to do is an overview about various Shakespeare plays!
Or say you want to learn a new language. It’s obvious that your pronunciation will not be optimal in the beginning, but it sure will be fun to say those new words, because other people will also pronounce them in a weird way at first!
Sometimes you are the newbie, but you’re also the teacher at the same time, noticing your mistakes and correcting you. So don’t be harsh on yourself when you’re in newbie mode! Just be like a real, nice teacher to yourself who is helping and understanding and encouraging you.
Once, you also were a child and you were a newbie, and it was really OK. You already did it, but maybe you forgot how it works as you grew older.
Some people have no problems with starting new things, but often we want to be perfect, even when we’re just starting and learning.
The other part of being a newbie is excitement! You’re gonna be excited about new things, right? It’s your first day in “class” in a subject you really like (it’s not one of those dreadful classes you’re supposed to go, because now you’re the one who’s making the rules).
It could even be a topic where you’re already quite good at, but maybe you’re somewhat stuck and are afraid to improve further, or you want to get a new perspective on certain aspects of your topic/hobby/whatever. Well, newbie mode to the rescue!
To sum it up:
So, where can you turn on the newbie mode? I sure will use it how to find out how this blogging thing works. 🙂