We all have many tasks on our to-do lists. To be more efficient we tend to record the end-results of each task to be achieved on those lists. So, those tasks often end up being as huge as New Year’s resolutions. Which could be one of the main reasons why we procrastinate them and escape from them by doing something else.
Do you have something like that on your to-do list:
- Write a report, a master or Ph.D. thesis
- Write an article for a magazine
- Write a book
- Learn a language
- Renovate a house?
But having something like that in front of your eyes must feel overwhelming. No wonder you run from it! If a stuntman would concentrate only on that final jump, he or she would never be able to do it.
A suggestion: title your current to-do list “Goals in my Project Games” and create a new one for the next moves. The clue: these moves should be the smallest and most effortless to make.
The to-do list above could then look as follows:
- Write a paragraph for my report, master or Ph.D. thesis
- Choose a topic I would like to write an article about
- Decide which book to write: a fiction or non-fiction book
- Learn one phrase in the language of my choice and try to use it in various situations, either out loud or just in my thoughts
- Choose one room in my house, which I would like to renovate first.
How do these sound for you? If they still sound too big to accomplish in one go, break them down further. Do so until you are so eager to address each of these tasks – and can’t wait anymore to do them -, not because you want to be finished with them, but because they suddenly do not overwhelm you anymore but are easy-breezy and even fun to do.
Copyright © 2018 by Victoria Ichizli-Bartels
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