Have you ever had a big project you needed to do but you were completely overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start? The solution to that problem is simple – break the project down into smaller steps. Here are a couple of examples from my life.
I have two quilt projects going right now. I was feeling overwhelmed so I made a couple
of charts for my planner that broke each quilt project down into manageable steps.
The first chart is just a bunch of boxes. Each box represents a square of the quilt. For some reason, I’m more motivated to quilt if I get to check off a box each time I finish a square. Plus I can see at all times where I am in the project.
The second chart is a little more detailed since I was in the beginning stages of the project when I made the chart. The chart lists the steps required to sew the top together, boxes representing each square, and then a few steps at the end for finishing. I felt a lot better about this project once I made the chart. And each time I mark off a step, I feel like I’m making progress and the project doesn’t seem so overwhelming.
Here’s another example that might be on your to do list, too – Plan Thanksgiving. Now maybe “PlanThanksgiving” works for you but it doesn’t for me. I have to break that down into smaller steps so I know what I’m doing. So here’s my preliminary
Thanksgiving To Do List
1. Make a list of everyone who’s coming.
2. Decide on time – whether lunch or dinner.
3. Determine Menu.
4. Delegate menu items.
Once I accomplish these items, which I will do before the week is over, I’ll make a new list for the next phase of preparing for Thanksgiving. It will be very detailed.
So it’s your turn. Take a look at your to do list and see what projects could be broken down into smaller sized pieces. Then make a list of all the steps required and get started! You’ll be surprised at how much less overwhelming it feels.