Compliments of Mark Smiciklas via Flickr

Compliments of Mark Smiciklas via Flickr

Long range projects, grandiose plans with finish lines years in the making can alarm even the most ambitious go-getters. But we must remember that Rome was built in stages. Divide and conquer is the order of the day when planning (and attempting) large assignments.

I plot mine using MS Outlook: first, by making a list of things I wish to accomplish, then employing the color coding scheme to delineate tasks. Each undertaking is then broken into sub-tasks, and slotted timeline fashion within my electronic calendar.

Completing tiny chunks of large projects provides a sense of accomplishment, propelling me forward to achieve more. The learning, insight, and epiphanies that occur as a result of progressing are part of the learning process – growth spurts that would not have occurred had I attempted to finish the entire project in one fell swoop. Bite sized components spread over time ensure quality, preventing last minute feelings of staggering frustration.

During my dissertation I received some sage advice.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

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