“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” ~Unknown
In this time of reflections & commitments, I’ve [yet again] decided to take a new approach at accomplishing things. While I strictly do not support the eating of elephants [or anything other than honoring and loving them!!!]...the above quote does an excellent job of analogizing a common problem I have have encountered. And I know I'm not alone in this.
Here’s the scene:
I’m doing a “mind sweep” [as advised by David Allen] - getting everything that’s zooming around in my mind onto paper. As I write, I feel excited -- YES! I'm finally getting these things out of my head!
But then...as I run out of items to add to my list and pull away from the paper, my eyes go wide. O_O Holy sh*t, that’s a LONG list! WHAT DO I DO NOW?! *crawls back into bed and pulls sheet over head*
Ring any bells?
Here’s my new plan: one thing at a time. one "bite" at a time. one day at a time. here. now. focus. presence. one.
I used to think I was missing opportunities if I didn’t commit to accomplishing many multiple things at the same time. The end result was that I rarely accomplished even two things from my huge lists.
Instead of committing to doing a million things at a time to accomplish a billion things a day, I'm committing to ONE thing at a time.
Instead of setting 30-day commitments, I'm setting ONE-day commitments. I'm meeting myself where I am, and will mindfully grow into my commitments as my consistency improves!
Here's my ONE commitment, and I'm taking it ONE day at a time:
Do a morning & evening check-in every day.
I get my day started by getting focused: I do a PMES check-in (Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual), set an intention for the day, and write out 3 things to achieve by the end of the day.
Before going to sleep, I reflect: I celebrate my victories, and reflect on what helped me achieve them. I examine the victories I’m not celebrating, and reflect on what got in the way of me reaching them.
It’s a less-than-20-minute-commitment per day, yet its positive impact has already been widespread for me. What impact might 20 minutes of mindful planning & reflection have on your day?
PS - I'm doing it all in this handy dandy Desire Map Day Planner! Isn't it gorgeous?! :)