em·pa·thy[ˈempəTHē] NOUN the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
Over the years I've learned that when you want to get something done, you need to have a desire, perhaps minimal, to start whatever it is you want or need to do. Along with that scintilla of motivation, you have to provide your self space to do the work required.
A way to find that self space is through the practice of empathy. Why? That ability to understand and share feelings can also apply to you as you approach the self that has a project to begin and hasn't been able to do so. Without giving your self a break, it is remarkably difficult to embark on the road to doing. If you can allow your self to be OK with the reality that you didn't get to that task yesterday or the day before or the day before that, with self-empathy you are still OK. Now you have the opportunity to begin. Now is the time. Without all the self-recriminations and the "sorries", it is so much easier to follow your path.
So practice empathy with your self first and it will become a happy and comfortable experience to empathize with those around you who probably suffer from similar feelings about beginnings and what they know they have on their plate .