Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces (Video)

An old management adage is: “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  All this refers to is that you take something large and complex, such as a project, and break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces.  Broken down into smaller pieces, it is not as formidable and is easier to accomplish.

I have done this successfully for years for business.  I rarely have enough time to complete a project all at once.  However, by working on one section at a time, I complete the project.  In addition, it is completed more quickly than if I waited until I had enough time to do it all at once.

Another example is education.  Few adults have the luxury of going back to school full time.  I did not.  However, by taking one class per semester, in a few years I completed my MBA.  Had I waited until I could devote full time to it, I would still be waiting.

I have discovered that this philosophy works just as well for personal projects.  For example, I have wanted to clean out and rearrange the kitchen cupboards and pantry for a couple of years.  Finally, I just started doing one cupboard or shelf when I had 15-20 minutes.  This usually occurred while cooking dinner.  Within a few weeks, I had accomplished more than in the previous two years.

These are just a few examples of how strategies that help us meet our goals in one area of our lives can be used to achieve success in others.

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