You've Got to Start Somewhere, So Chunk It!

Facing a daunting task or overwhelming project?  Chunk it into bite-sized pieces.  By breaking it down into a series of smaller individual tasks, you might be able to get your arms around it and start getting it done.  Let's look at some examples:

  • Clean the house-- go room by room or closet by closet
  • Clean the garage or basement-- go wall by wall
  • Do the taxes-- organize receipts month by month or inflows then outflows

I think you get the general idea . . .

Two other approaches I use is to set time limits and use reward systems:

  • With time limits, I tell myself I'll only work on an unpleasant task for 30 or 60 minutes-- hey, progress is progress . . .
  • With reward systems, I make myself do the unpleasant first, then I do the enjoyable as a reward.  True, the last reward could also be a beer or a nap after working outside all day

I hope these ideas help you tackle the unpleasant tasks in your life . . .

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