How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! This silly joke may not make sense to an elephant, but it is great time management advice. Breaking large projects into smaller, more manageable tasks is the solution to that annoying human tendency – procrastination.
Both Type A and Type B women procrastinate. The reasons, however, are different. The Type A woman will put a project off until she can get it all done at once. If that project requires a particularly big chunk of time to accomplish it in its entirety, it may never get done!
The Type B woman, on the other hand, looks at a large project and whines, “It’s too big. I just can’t do it.” The longer she procrastinates, the larger it looms in her mind until it becomes overwhelming!
While the motivation of procrastinating may be different, the answer is the same for both types of women. Take that large project and break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Using your Busy Woman’s Daily Planner will make this concept work!
Let’s say the project you have been putting off is closet organizing. You’re only reminded as you duck to avoid the falling box, grab what you need and quickly slam the door to avoid an avalanche. After each encounter you mutter, “I really need to get to my closet organizing!”
Under Goals For The Month write down ORGANIZE CLOSET. Next, divide it up between the weeks in the month. Under Goals For The Week write, “Clean three closet shelves.” Finally, assign cleaning one shelf to three separate days during the week, listing it on your Daily Pages under “Chores.”
Now, instead of looking at the whole closet, you are only facing one measly shelf. One shelf in a closet is a cinch. You invest a little time and you’re done with your “assignment” for the day. Continue this for a few weeks and your closet will be clean with little effort and no disruption to your normal schedule.
Closet organizing is just an example. Yours may be immaculate but another project looms large in your mind. From planning weddings to cleaning closets, this concept will end procrastination and help you get things done!
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