Every large task can be broken down into small tasks, but it can be tough to convince your brain to do them. Even in cases where the task takes a few minutes out of our day to perform.
However there is a way to persuade your brain to do them.
For me, I believe a lot of it comes down to our perception and how we approach the tasks. So here’s a few pointers to keep in.
Sell Yourself On The Idea
One of the reasons why I like the Nemonic CIRCA method is because it addresses this. In the past, I’ve always been one to say you need to sell yourself on the habit or goal.
However with CIRCA, specifically the first step, chunking, it gets significantly easier to do this.
As a recap, chunking is basically breaking down large goals or short term goals into bite sized tasks.
It’s easy to lose 10-20 pounds if you tell yourself you need to do 50 push-ups and 50 sit-ups every day. It’s even easier once you know that takes roughly 5-7 minutes out of your morning to do.
Either way you need to be excited about it. You wouldn’t buy or do something if you saw no value or had no interest in it.
Avoid Doing Too Much
One of the major pitfalls for people is they try to do a lot on day one. Though the energy is great, you are more at risk of burning out.
Not only that but it might not be practical at all.
I’ve been running into that lately with my writing. Even though I publish every day, I’m noticing that my views are declining. I may be in a situation where I am doing too much.
So in the end, take things as they go. Make adjustments if something is too easy or too hard or you’re not getting the results that you want.
Regardless, you want to be consistent, whatever that consistent level would be.
Normalize The Task, Not The Excuses
In the end, we are developing a habit here. This habit just so happens to help us achieve a goal.
Once we develop a habit it starts to become a regular part of our lives. But I believe there is more to it than that.
For one we can attempt to normalize it. What I mean by this is talking about it like it’s something casual. Something normal. Something you’ve done all the time.
I remember when I first got into writing I told my friends this:
“I write every day so much that I have no idea what a day without writing is like.”
It sounds excessive, however my writing sessions these days only take me a half hour at most.
What I’ve done is I normalized my writing as something that I felt I’ve done my entire life despite only have been writing for the past two years.
What is one thing that you know for certain you want to do every day for the rest of your life? Jot it down and start working on that habit.
I encourage you to talk about it to your friends, family, and co-workers. Think and act like you’ve been doing this activity your entire life.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon