How do you eat an Elephant?
One bite at a time!
It’s hardly a massive surprise to tell you that I’m a big fan of lists, shopping lists, bucket lists, to-do lists but I’d lost sight of that in recent months. Setting goals, challenges and targets and the satisfaction I get from ticking things off is borderline obsessive with me.
The problem has been that I lost sight of that, I’ve been on autopilot recently and needed a little shake up. While setting myself a list of new year’s resolutions was a great start it was to a certain extend slightly unrealistic. Looking back at it a week later to check on my progress it felt like I’d achieved very little.
I’d edited a few chapters of my audiobook, I’d been out for a few walks but not nearly enough and although the weighing scales was showing a drop, it was simply a drop in the ocean compared to my target.
An email from a friend, Graham, who runs the Irish Adventure Film Festival, got me back on the right track. In the email he talked about his increased productivity over the previous twelve months. If there’s anything I like more than lists, it’s statistics. I was hooked, I signed up for ToDoist and 24 hours later I’ve had the most productive day I’ve had in years.
In the last day I got a fantastic night’s sleep, I’ve cleared a mountain of paperwork, booked my NCT (Car Test), Paid Car Tax, had the car serviced, booked two speaking engagements for February and March, got out for a brisk 90 minute walk, cooked three meals, filled out my diary, sent an invite to three potential podcast guests and cleared most of the small things I’d planned on doing over the last month or so out of my head. You know the type of chores, the things that you put off until tomorrow, indefinitely.
Sometimes you need that little bit of spark from someone in your life, you might not even be aware that you need it most of the time. For me it was breaking down those seemingly massive targets into bite sized chunks. Now, where did I leave the rest of that elephant?