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Put a Couple
of Elephants on Your Plate
How do you eat two elephants? The same way you would eat one; one
bite at a time. Monstrous tasks often appear to be complex and
overwhelming. That's why it's so very important to isolate the parts
from the whole. Break your elephant-sized project into several
smaller tasks. Target one area and cut it down to size. Lather,
rinse, and eat. The key is to begin! It doesn't matter if you have 2
or 22 elephants on your agenda. Put one of them on your plate today.
Target one part, and start!
Every one on us-including the most seasoned trainer-can benefit from
a review of the basic principles for effectively conquering even the
most monstrous task on our agenda. However, doing so requires
following specific steps. The first step is to commit to the
completion of your project. Two, identify and secure the tools and
resources you will need. And three, write down the time and day you
expect to have your project completed. Many people know what they
need to achieve, but they fail to take these preliminary steps.
Simply taking these steps will increase your efficiency, accelerate
your success and get it all done, sooner.
Create Your Own Systems for Success
A great time to go to work on your task is during your peak period
of productivity. Critical is identifying or creating new systems for
your success. For example, when approaching piles of paper, separate
and shred on Tuesday, file and process on Wednesday, and repeat
until you're finished. Give yourself permission to ask for help when
tackling large tasks. Have a "dinner party" with the perfect
ambiance and double your efficiency. Make sure your environment is
climate-controlled and the appropriate amount of light. Remember,
your life is full of distractions, don't allow the phone, doorbell,
uninvited guests or disempowering thoughts to interrupt your "meal."
Challenge yourself to take 20 "bites" or more every day until you
complete your task. Competing against yourself can actually make
your project fun. Feeling a bit full after just a few bites? Take a
10 - 15 minute break to digest. Go for a walk, check in with a loved
one or read a magazine. Then, pull up your sleeves and go right back
to the table.
Take the thirty or more minutes you would normally spend watching
TV, and put an elephant or two on your plate, today. Dig in! You'll
not only produce greater personal and professional results, you'll
take a bite out of wasted time.
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