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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Chipping away at massive tasks

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 by Emily Boyd

Finding some of your tasks a little bit daunting? Try this helpful tip from RTM user jhmorris:

Bob gets into his filing

I have tasks on my to-do list which have been on there forever, I have no inclination to do anything about them. I’m blind to them.

Some of these are massive tasks but can’t sensibly be broken down into subtasks. My example is the formidable sounding “File every piece of paper in the study”. I replaced this scary task with a more achievable repeating task that chips away at the problem. In this case the task is “File some paper in the study”, which I have set to repeat after 1 week.

I now have an achievable task on my list and the satisfaction of completing the short term task regularly while moving towards achieving my long-term goal – a vast improvement on the do-nothing-because-it’s-all-too-difficult situation I had before.

Thanks, jhmorris! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week. :)

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