I continue to hear from people about how overwhelmed they are. It’s not only because they’re running a business, but also running a family, and now I’m telling them they should be creating business plans for this fiscal year, conducting strategic offsites, etc.
The weight of all of that is proving to be too much for some. But you don’t have to get bogged down by the weight of it. It’s all about time management, project management and perspective.
THE REAL WORLD RETAILING TAKEAWAY
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Eating an elephant one bite at a time is simply about perspective. The daunting task of eating an elephant would overwhelm anyone. But if the focus is always on the process, with one eye glancing toward the end goal, then the project of eating the elephant is much more manageable.
Apply that perspective to every aspect of your life – from business planning, to running the business on a daily basis to your priorities at home and with your family.
Chunk it out. Start thinking from the perspective of buckets (or forkfuls of elephant) and each bucket is a project or task or whatever you call it. If you work with buckets of three or five (we remember three or five things best), you’ll be much more successful. When you’ve completed those, take on another three or five.
Business’ and for that matter life’s challenges don’t have to be so overwhelming. They are overwhelming because we allow them to be. Step back, regroup, gain perspective, then prioritize. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.