So we’re kind of hitting that point in the marathon of our fiscal year where we have to strategically plan to get the stuff done that matters most in order to reach our year-end goals. And I know how important that is to you. As mompreneurs, if we’re going to invest blood, sweat, and tears in this work that we love, we do not have time to waste. We’ve probably all heard the joke, “How do you eat an elephant?” and the answer is “One bite at a time.” And yet, eating an entire elephant can still feel very daunting when contemplating that first bite—even worse if you’re a vegetarian! But all joking aside, tackling a big project can seem impossible in the beginning, and that’s why I want to give you some bite-by-bite steps to help you be effective and efficient and ultimately, successful.
When we start our businesses oftentimes we haven’t given much thought as to what it takes to make it all happen with regard to daily operations, much less the larger projects that will drive us forward by leaps and bounds. These are the things that you won’t knock out in a single day, or a weekend, or maybe even a month, and just like the elephant, it is likely that we will feel overwhelmed or even paralyzed by the task before us. What if I told you that your “one bite at a time” is actually very manageable, measurable, two-hour chunks of time that can easily fit into your daily schedule?
Everybody is different. Some are night owls, some early-risers, some late afternoon, so you be the judge of when that laser-focused, super-productive time is for you, but we all have one. Just pick two hours when you will be at your best. Any more than that and your productivity will naturally fizzle out. We’re just not made to concentrate for longer than that. So set yourself that two-hour budget—and here’s the challenge—let nothing else get in the way… not laundry, phone calls, social media, text messages, email… nothing. Just sit down and bust it for two hours. At the end of those two hours you will have accomplished more than you thought possible toward completing that “impossible” project that had you so stressed out. That two-hour chunk moves you forward beyond your imagination.
At the end of the day, we all have the same 24 hours to work with. You can find two hours to dedicate to what matters. I want you to sleep. I want you to spend time with your family. And you have to get some of the daily operations of your business done. But can you put off some housecleaning? Some errands? A TV show you love to watch? Look at your schedule for today and tomorrow. I bet you can find it. And those smaller “bites” of that huge project that’s going to catapult you to success are what will get you to the finish line.
I love to hear from you, so leave me a comment!
What elephantine project have you been putting off starting?
Where can you find that two-hour chunk to get you headed in the right direction?