An old management adage is: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” All this refers to is that you take something large and complex, such as a project, and break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Broken down into smaller pieces, it is not as formidable and is easier to accomplish.
I have done this successfully for years professionally. I will never be able to write a book in one sitting. However, by developing an outline on the different sections that need to be completed, and working on writing one section at a time, the book is eventually written.
Another example is education. Few adults have the luxury of going back to school full time. I did not. However, by taking one class per semester, in a few years I completed my MBA. Had I waited until I could devote full time to it, I would still be waiting.
This philosophy works just as well for personal projects. For example, I am working on a scrapbook/photo album about my parents’ lives. Sometimes I can spend several hours working on it. Other times weeks might go by without doing anything. Although I have been working on it for many months, I will complete it as long as I continue to work on it when I can.
There are a couple of take-aways here. One is that we need to start working on things and keep plugging away at it. It’s okay to just do “bits and pieces.” If we wait until we can complete it all at once, it probably will never get done. Another is that strategies that help us meet our goals in one area of our life can usually be used to achieve success in other areas.
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