Are You In “Project Purgatory?”
You want to get your garage organized
but you know you will never get an entire
weekend to get it all done.
So you sit in Project Purgatory.
Same with your scrapbooking project
or shredding last year’s old files.
There’s not enough time to get it done
from start to finish, so you never start.
Who Has 17 Million Years?!
It took the Colorado River 17 million
years to carve its way through the layers
of rock to create the Grand Canyon.
I know you don’t have 17 million years
to get your garage organized.
The point is that the Grand Canyon didn’t
become the mile deep spectacle it is in a day.
Or 100. Or 1000.
Progress by Erosion
As a huge believer in the power of
micro-movements, I’ve learned
the secret to blasting out of Project
Purgatory is to begin with the plan
in mind to only get part of the
In fact, when I approach a project,
I usually break it down into no less
than 20-100 miniature steps.
Each step ideally is something I could
do in 5 minutes or less, while I’m waiting
for the kettle to boil for tea.
This is the secret of Progress by Erosion.
Got 5 Minutes? 2? 1?
If you’ve got 5 minutes, then you’ve got
time to do one more tiny step on the list
to make Progress by Erosion toward your
There is no such thing as “nothing you can
do in a minute.”
You can meditate for a minute.
You can gather your thoughts in a minute.
You can straighten your desk in a minute.
Don’t believe me? Time yourself.
Okay, it’s not “as good” as you could do if
you had more time. But if you don’t have
more time, you make use of that minute.
But just how long do you want to wait
to have the things you want?
Don’t tell me you’ve got 17 million years!
What can you do in the next 5 minutes?
C’mon, I’ll race ya….