Don't delay tasks because they look too big

In the course of our working days we receive tasks to complete that can appear to be bigger than usual. If we add this to our already busy work schedules then it is quite normal for us to feel overwhelmed. This overwhelm usually manifests itself as procrastination and our services and projects are then put at risk of not being delivered on time.

There are two simple remedies for this problem.

The first approach is to not commit to the completion of the task until we have understood (or estimated) how much work is involved and planned out how we will approach the task. This process does not need to take long and can be done in a matter of moments once we get the hang of quickly evaluating what needs to be done and how much time it requires. Often the task is not as big as it was first thought.

The second approach, which is linked to the first, is to break down the task into its various elements and then use these tiny fragments to help to get progress started and to make scheduling the pieces more manageable (as they may fit more neatly into your existing schedule).

I have witnessed the original problem many times, and most times the 'problem' task is delayed and stalled. If you want to keep the flow of work moving through your business then try option one or two (or both) above.

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