It’s hard to be useful every day.
It’s hard to do something impactful every day.
Sometimes it’s just hard to do anything, at all.
And of course, we all know that if it were easy, we’d all be billionaires with 6-pack abs.
Still, that doesn’t always motivate us to start or to keep going.
The easiest way to change our inertia or to keep our pace is to make the task smaller.
Fine, don’t run 5 miles at a 7 min/mile pace. Run 2 miles at a 10 min/mile pace.
Fine, don’t make 150 phone calls. Make 65.
Fine, don’t write letters to all your students. Just do 30%, today.
There are at least two strange and productive things that happen when we break things into small chunks.
- We maintain momentum and we’re more likely to pick up where we left off later.
- We are more likely to do more than we set out to.
One of the lessons I’ve learned over and over is to stop getting in my own way.
This is such a great example.
I get big eyes! I bite off more than I can chew. I dream so big and I want to make so many great things happen, that I run the risk of getting nothing done because I spread myself too thin.
It’s not uncommon.
2 Minute Action
Here are some options for today:
- If you also have “big eyes,” take at least 1 thing off your to-do list, today.
- If you have a huge task, break it into smaller pieces.
- No matter what, do 2 minutes of exercise. Planks, pushups, burpees. You have 2 minutes and you won’t get sweaty.
If taking on too much sounds like you, reply here and let me know.
We have to look out for each other.
Let’s make a ruckus, today.