The glamorous achievement of a big and major goal is won in small and unglamorous increments. One way to make sure those baby steps not only happen but feel meaningful along the way is to plan for them. As Mike Sturm writes in Forge, if you “create a realistic time block for the task” and build your day around it, you’ll end your day with “at least one win.”
The most important part of this process comes right at the top: Estimate how long it will take you to get done. Realistically.
“Oftentimes, we fail to finish things simply because we don’t understand how much time they’ll take,” he writes. “We’ll either start something, discover we’ve taken on more than we have time for, and get fed up, or we believe something will take us so long that we don’t even try.” Giving yourself enough time, from the get-go, will give you a better shot at goal-achieving triumph.
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