I have a couple of projects at work that, though not urgent or required, are things I should do. Ive put these projects on my to-do lists, whiteboard, and every other productivity device and/or system I own. And yet, these projects always seem to get pushed to the very bottom of my queue, which means that they never get done.
I remarked on this problem to my fiancee, who has some experience as a productivity consultant gained from her days at Franklin Covey. She asked a few questions, and it became apparent that the real reason I was putting these projects off wasn’t because they weren’t important enough. It was because they were too big. My fiancee’s advice: cut the project into smaller tasks, and do them as I have time.
The takeaway is this: How do you eat a whale? One bite at a time.