This can happen for a lot of reasons. School assignments and projects for work are two common scenarios. If we have any say in the matter, we generally choose to take the task on because it'll be "just this once," and "not a big deal." Of course, the quick afternoon's work drags on, becoming Sisyphean.
What can you do?
1) Can you just say no? More often than not, it's not an option, but on worth exploring. Neil Gaiman counsels against writing for money, but sometimes, no isn't an option.
2) Can you get help? Breaking up the task and/or bringing in a specialist can work wonders if the situation allows. Many times, unfortunately, it's just going to be you and the blank computer screen.
3) Can you get started already? Sorry, but in the words of Sir Winston Churchill, If you're going through hell, keep going. The best thing to do is sit down and get to work. Preferably, you don't want to start the night before the thing is due. Break it up into small chunks and do a bit each day. It's easier to tell yourself to work on something for 15 minutes per day for a week or two, rather than have to crunch through hours of work just before you have to hand it in. You may find you don't mind the task you've been given, and if that's not the case, at last it won't be hanging over your head, and you'll know better than to say yes next time.
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