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We all know that to make a task more manageable you need to break it down. But how often do you not start a task because you think it can’t be broken down any further?
Recently I realized that I had been procrastinating on weeding and mulching the yard because I thought it all had to be done at once. You know, order a truckload of mulch, weed and move wheelbarrows full of tree bark for days. The way I broke this down was a) make the call b) do the work.
And I didn’t see that it could be done any other way. Leaving a large amount of mulch for more than a few days is asking for rain absorption and burrowing critters.
Redefine To Break It Down
I put this project off long enough that I realized it was never going to get done. I simply don’t have the time or energy to deal with that large of a project.
One afternoon I realized that I could redefine the project. The goal is to get the beds weeded and mulched. There is no reason it has to be done with a truckload of mulch. It just has to be weeded and mulched.
So I redefined the project: I would weed and mulch one section at a time, buying bags of mulch as I went.
Break It Down…
So is there a project that is huge but you can’t think of a way to break it down any more? Can you think of an alternate way to do the project that will produce the same results, but by different methods?
Think about it.
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