It's About Time
Tackle large projects one day at a time
Looking back over your life, can you think of a large undertaking in which you persevered and surprised yourself?
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Yesterday marked the fifth year of this column. To date I have written more than 100 "It's About Time" columns, and I can't believe I've stuck to something for so long!
By nature, I am not a disciplined or focused individual, but one who works better under inspiration than perspiration.
One of my doctors asked me if it's overwhelming to think of writing so many columns a year. If I were to look at the entire year, and the past five years, it could truly be overwhelming. Thankfully, I've been able to focus in on just one column at a time. And, one column at a time, it's been doable and enjoyable.
I think I learned this as a freshman at the University of Washington. I'll never forget the first day of classes, when each professor explained all that the course would cover and the huge amount of reading, reports and projects that would be required. That, multiplied by the four or five courses I was taking, was truly overwhelming. I was dazed, wondering how I would be able to manage it all.
Amazingly, as I walked through the school year one day at a time, at the end of each quarter, I had successfully completed all the work!
I think the secret is to identify what applies to TODAY and screen out the rest until the proper time.
If you're a caregiver, the thought of the future can be overwhelming. But one day at a time, it is doable.
The thought of getting a college degree might be overwhelming. But one course at a time, it is doable.
Most buy a car or house one payment at a time.
A home or office can be de-cluttered one area at a time.
How about you?
» What large undertaking are you involved in?
» How are you dealing with it?
» Can you apply "One day at a time"?
Perhaps there's something you'd like to accomplish but haven't begun because the thought is too overwhelming. Could you achieve it one day at a time?
I suggest you use your wide-angle lens to see the big picture and all that is involved but then use your zoom lens to focus on what can be done today.
Great endeavors can be accomplished one a day at a time!
See you in three weeks!
Ruth Wong owns Organization Plus. Contact her care of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813, call 488-0288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org