18Slice and Dice the Task

Don’t try to eat big frogs in one bite—you may just choke! Instead, break large tasks up into bite-size morsels. Beyond breaking up large tasks, develop within yourself a compulsion to closure. The more tasks you complete, the better and more elated you’ll feel—and the greater the jolt of personal power and energy you’ll get.

NOTES

1. One approach to making large projects feel more manageable is the “salami slice” method. Instead of succumbing to the temptation to tackle the whole thing at once, lay out the task in detail, writing down every step of the task in order. Then resolve to do just one slice at a time. As you finish, move on to the next one.

2. For larger projects—say, projects that will take weeks or months ...

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