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Progress By Erosion

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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

project done.

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

ultimate goal.

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.

Or don’t.

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….

 

 

 

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