Take a Step Back
Being too invested in any activity can be stressful and it can lead us to develop a false sense that whatever you are working on is life-or-death. Problems and obstacles are perceived as huge and it gets difficult to come up with solutions for them. The more important a task seems, the harder it is to get to work on. Lewis suggests asking yourself questions like “Are you being overly ambitious?” “Is there some version of the task that is doable with existing time and resources?” when you feel yourself putting something off one day after another.
“Communicating to your team can release the roadblock by bringing you the tools you need,” says Lewis. “Maybe you are in over your head. Have you been given a task that you are just not qualified to do? Or are you qualified, but the time and resources aren’t available to do it sufficiently?”