Eating an Elephant

Do you ever struggle with big projects? Sometimes things can seem overwhelming when they’re massive in size & scope. It’s easy for me to get under the water when I have big projects that I have to complete, but it helps me to think about big projects in small bites. So I always say, “start with the toenails when you have to eat an elephant.”

David did this when he was facing Goliath. When Saul asked David about killing the giant, David replied, “I’ve killed a lion & a bear, so God will help me with this giant!”
Here are a few helpful thoughts to eat an elephant / accomplish big projects:

  1. Look at a small & do-able part of the big project & start there
  2. Pay attention to your thoughts so they don’t get overwhelmed with the size of what needs to be accomplished
  3. When you get into the project, come up to periscope depth from time to time to celebrate progress
  4. Remind yourself of your precious accomplishments to be encouraged!

Thrills & Chills

Alas, I’m sitting on the floor of the DMV again so there are no thrills & chills here at the moment. My number is 101 & they just called number 75, so it’s going to be awhile but I’ll keep this blog pithy 🙂

I like quick projects & exciting experiences. But it seems to me that life is more about the long-term outcomes than the short thrills & shallow frills. Here are some good things to consider about thinking in more long-term outcomes:

  • Steady effort creates habits which reinforce endurance
  • Repetition is a necessary ingredient for excellence
  • Muscle memory – this happens when we do things repeatedly & it gives us the freedom to learn more things
  • Incremental progress often lasts longer than speedy results
  • Let patience have her perfect work that you may be mature & complete #nuffsaid

getting stuff done

You and I probably try to do alot of things – maybe too many on any given day.  But regardless of whatever day it is, we all have things to accomplish and checklists to plow through.  Here are a few pointers that have helped me to be productive & I still need to learn LOTS more:

  • stay focused – being distracted is the enemy of getting the important things done
  • make a daily list of no more than 5 things to attempt with your highest priorities at the top of the list
  • be efficient with your time – make errands based on geographical proximities rather than by topics (put things that are close together on the same errand)
  • maximize the small pockets of time (waiting in the carpool line, an dr’s appointment that goes late)
  • delegate – getting your kids to help can be super helpful
  • ask God to help you to be efficient and productive
  • send random and kind text messages – it’s good for everyone including you 🙂

What else have you found helpful in being productive?  Please share your wisdom, insights & help!

a family saturday

fun times!  This is what we’ve done all before 11am:

  • made french toast & bacon (my personal favorite at home breakfast!)
  • cleaned the kitchen, did the dishes, unloaded the dishwasher
  • moved furniture – dresser from David’s room to the basement & the guestroom dresser up to David’s room
  • haircuts for all 3 Bowling men (complete with clean up) – kept Benji’s rat tail
  • mixed up bulk pancake mix
  • kids watched 2 episodes of the Muppets (George Burns & Bernadette Peters?)
  • Reece ran 8miles

After a productive morning, we drove up to the mtns for a picnic & to see the aspens changing colors – completely spectacular.  Observe pics below:

 

I now go to jog 🙂