Keeping It Simple

Q: How do you eat an elephant? A: One bite at a time, of course!

The answer to this joke is so obvious, it makes us laugh. It’s true that you couldn’t eat an elephant all in one bite.

The same approach can be applied to any project. How can I do that big project? Start that business, write that book, earn that degree? One task at a time, of course.

My to-do list used to rapidly spiral out of control! It became a weapon that I used to beat myself up… no matter how much I got done, there was always more to do. At the end of the day, I felt like a failure.

I recently heard a teacher say “You can’t get it wrong, and you’ll never get it done.” The point they were making is that what we want is continually expanding. There is no “finished”. As I took that idea in, I immediately felt a weight lift off my shoulders.

Knowing that there’s always more to do allows me to set more reasonable goals. I can apply the simple “one bite at a time” approach to my to-do list.

Today my simple list has 6 tasks on it. Each task is designed to be 30 minutes or less. That’s it. If I get those six things done, I’ve had a great day!

And guess what? With the pressure off, I frequently get way more than those 6 tasks done. One bite at a time, keeping it simple.

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