The other day I was mentally reviewing the many things I wanted to get done. I was considering the best way to tackle them and I considered devoting a full day to each task. For example, I planned to do all my sales calls on one day, all my business introduction emails on one day, etc. As I considered this plan, I began to notice how extremely overwhelmed I felt.
I have already concluded how critical these activities are to the success of my business. But to be honest, they are not exactly my favorite activities (I prefer writing and directly working with clients). Since these tasks feel like such huge chores, my plan was to “bunch up” these tasks and ‘wait’ to do them on a specific day. My ‘get-it-all-done-in-one-day’ approach was my attempt to rectify my draggy feet. While ponderin’ (to quote Omar) how to tackle them, I had a revelation…
It gradually dawned on me…I could do ONE of each thing every day and still make substantial progress. Initially, to motivate myself to complete these tasks that I was procrastinating on, I tried to give myself a forceful “big push.” But this had resulted in me feeling even more resistant to these tasks. Once I decided to chop up these big tasks into small daily ones, I noticed what a huge sense of relief I felt!
This then brought to mind to the subject of personal finances (of course). While I find managing money to be motivating, I’m aware that many people regard it as a chore (just like me with my sales activities). So, many resort to using the same approach that I initially did – vowing to put off financial issues until “that one day” when they’ll tackle them all. In the meantime, the issues usually pile up, often increasing in urgency. Or they put off saving money until only one time of year – tax time – when they anticipate that big tax refund. (Sound familiar?)
But you know what? Taking a small step EVERY day is more valuable than trying to do a bunch of one things at once and getting far less done overall. Or not getting anything done at all.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
Babies naturally get this. They begin with small baby steps and keep picking up speed and skill; starting off small and increasing as they go along. How come it’s so EASY for us to forget this as adults?
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. A little action every day leads to a whole lot of progress over time.
Small steps DO count! The goal, of course, is not to forever remain at baby steps. But this is how we can get started and build up momentum to the big successes and wins. We have to start somewhere, right?
Whether it’s in money, business, or personal matters, it’s clear that taking mini-sized but consistent DAILY steps almost always leads to far greater success than huge “one-time” pushes. This is definitely my new approach in every area of my life from now on.
What do you think? What has your experience been? Leave me a comment and let me know.
About Yolanda Ransom
Yolanda Ransom is a certified Financial Coach, Speaker and Workshop Trainer who empowers clients to confidently master new money management skills, resulting in increased savings and financial stability. She is the CEO of Yolanda Ransom Consulting and provides financial literacy training. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at her website yolandaransom.com