No one can tackle a large project all at one time. To succeed you need to break a project down into small bits. It’s the answer to the “how do you eat an elephant?” question. One bite at a time!
Let me give you an example . . . this is a picture of my kitchen table. Years ago when my children were young, I made it a priority to sit down as a family for a healthy dinner at this table every night. There is lots of research out there that says a family that eats dinner together has better communication than those who do not. That was my goal.
In order to accomplish my goal I broke it down into three tasks. I needed to:
- Have healthy dinners planned ahead of time.
- Shop for the ingredients to make those healthy dinners.
- Allow enough time to prepare those meals.
In order to plan the family meals, I spent an hour or so, once week making decisions on what to serve and then filling out a shopping list. By having a grocery list, I found that I could get in and out of the store more quickly and with everything I needed – an extra benefit to being more organized. The final step to accomplishing my goal was to schedule time to prepare my families meals. Because I had planned what I was going to make, I could schedule how much time the cooking would take.
My plan didn’t always work. I lived through my share of traffic jams, sick kids, mistakes at the grocery store and late soccer practices – but that’s life. By breaking down the tasks I was more prepared to reach my goal of sitting down to dinner together more often than not. As I look back, this makes me proud. Most evenings these days, my husband and I sit at this table together and can relive all those happy meals.