Chunk It Down: Turning your “To-Do” list into your “Ta-Da” list! #ABCSuccessTip9

Success Tip #9 – Chunk It Down

Chunk It Down: Turning your "To-Do" list into your "Ta-da" list!  #ABCSuccessTip9Turning your “To-Do” List into your “Ta-Da” List!

Ever had so many jobs to do you didn’t know where to start? Or a project so large and overwhelming, you’re still circling it today?

Chunking down may be the answer. Chunking down can help you achieve a deadline, finish a project, tidy a room, get through a large project, lose weight, turn out a fabulous banquet, finish a task, or turn your “To-Do” list into your “Ta-Da” list!

Chunk It Down: Turning your "To-Do" list into your "Ta-Da" list!  #ABCSuccessTip9Chunk It Down

Chunking down takes large, difficult, time-consuming, or overwhelming projects or plans, and breaks them down into small, bite-sized, manageable, chunks or actions. These chunks or actions are then worked through, one-at-a-time, until the task is accomplished or project completed.

By reducing our projects down to a series of small-and-much-more-comfortable-to-contemplate-and-manage chunks we are far less likely to find the task daunting and overwhelming because all we need do is focus on one small, manageable part at a time.

I’ve chunked down everything from creating business plans, building a restaurant, developing and training in time-management, training sales staff, selling investment property over the phone, writing poetry, cleaning house, helping kids with school projects, losing weight, planning holidays and family banquets, writing blogs, building websites, and renovating properties.

With drive and determination we can reduce the largest of projects and goals down to a series of small, logical tasks capable of being worked through one-at-a-time. And sometimes by even the most inexperienced operators.

Chunking down is production-line planning, and it doesn’t get much easier or simpler than that!

 

Chunk It Down: Turning your "To-Do" list into your "Ta-da" list!  #ABCSuccessTip9The Process – Bite-Sized Chunks

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

1) Break the project, plan or goal down into small, manageable, bite-sized chunks and list them.

2) Prioritise these chunks according to their order of importance. Place important and urgent tasks at top of list. If you’re in business, place important sales calls and all tasks directly related to producing immediate income at the top of your list, alongside lunch and all other urgent and important tasks.

3) Nail your foot to the floor. Work through your list until complete.

4) Rush to medical centre, have tetanus shot, get nail removed!

Run The Day

Chunk It Down: Turning your "To-Do" list into your "Ta-da" list!  #ABCSuccessTip9Run The Day – Either you run the day or the day runs you.

The ‘secret to success’ when chunking down is not beauty, brains, brawn, IQ, EQ or R2D2.

The secret to success in chunking down is drive, persistence, committment and perseverence. Just continue chunking until you’ve worked your way through all the tasks on your to-do list. And don’t stop there. Once completed, select another goal or task and repeat the process.

So get chunking until there’s nothing left to chunk and you’re the one running your days. That’s a great kind of FREEDOM!

To your success,

 

Gaye Crispin

Founder and CEO Australian Business Champions

Creator: TAOLife Studio

Articles: Gaye Writes

#SayNoKayToFGM

 

Chunk It Down: Turning your "To-Do" list into your "Ta-Da" list!  #ABCSuccessTip9

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Begin At The End: Begin with the end in mind. #ABCSuccessTip8

Success Tip #8 – Begin At The End

Begin At The End: Begin With The End In Mind

 

The End Is The Beginning

Begin At The End: Begin with the end in mind #ABCSuccessTip8I love success quotes because they make us think, and recently I was pondering this quote, “The secret to getting ahead is to begin.

Beginning something won’t necessarily get you ahead. People begin things all the time, with most business plans never getting off the kitchen table, and most dreams never realized.

The fact is, beginning something is only a tiny part of the secret to success, and starting at the beginning is not necessarily “a very good place to start.” The best place to start is knowing what outcome you want, and broadly (or bulletpoint) mapping it backwards from end to beginning.

Begin At The End: Begin with the end in mind. #ABCSuccessTip8Good business and marketing planning never starts at the beginning! If we started from the beginning, without working backwards first, we’d be working blind! We’d produce ‘bitsa’ plans that are completely unworkable and look like “The House That Jack Built,” with bitsa this and bitsa that everywhere. A real mess.

I always recommend beginning with the end vision in mind. Then work backwards with broad brush-strokes until you’re back to where you (and/or your business) are currently at.  The ‘working backwards’ process is the greatest single element in building a cohesive, solid, sustainable, logical, easily and speedily actionable plan, because it provides the distinct advantage of foresight! You already know 99% of what’s ahead, and you’ve planned for it.

The Secret To The Secret

As I was pondering,“The secret to getting ahead is to begin,” I realized that with some massaging it could be an interesting topic at a Chatuccino small business support morning, so I set to work. Here’s what evolved:

Take 1: The secret to getting ahead is to begin  + at the right place.” Because beginning at the right place saves time and money. The right place is the end. Begin at the end – Map backwards first.  Then, with the wireframe from that, you can map forward with confidence.

Take 2: “The secret to getting ahead is to begin at the right place, +  and ensure you’re heading in the right direction.” Because going the wrong way can be a disaster! Like in a fire, or on an outback roadtrip with limited fuel and water. Or planting 10 acres of the wrong type of aloe-vera, one unfit for human consumption, and not discovering your mistake until harvest (true story).

Take 3:”The secret to getting ahead is to begin at the right place, ensure you’re heading in the right direction, +  and then persevere until you’ve won!”  Because winners never quit!

I was now happy with the quote. It had become a simple “3-ingredient formula to success” that anyone could understand.

 

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Begin At The End: Begin with the end in mind #ABCSuccessTip8Oh No! Not Another Formula To Success!

Yes, with 3 components, “beginning at the right place,” “heading in the right direction,” and “persevering until you’ve won, or you’re done,” and where all 3 are equally vital to success.

 

They are also particularly relevant to new or small businesses where man-power, finances, time and resources are often seriously limited.

Or where you only have sufficient funding or resources for just one bite of the cherry.

Or where you have backers to satisfy. That’s why they’re called backers. Because they’re always on your back!

 

So whether you’re:

  • starting a new business venture,
  • looking to add a new line to your existing product suite,
  • designing a new menu or product brochure,
  • expanding your territory,
  • hiring and training staff,
  • creating a sales presentation,
  • building a website,
  • designing a marketing campaign,
  • looking to lose weight,
  • planning a home renovation,
  • planning a holiday,
  • teaching kids to study,
  • running a seminar,
  • preparing a Sunday morning brunch,
  • or any number of other projects, goals and plans, the secret to succeeding is to begin with your desired result in mind, map your plan backwards, set to work on the plan, monitor and measure your progress regularly to ensure you’re heading in the right direction, and then continue to persevere until you get there.

Now all you need to add is a tidy work-space for a clear head, a first-rate time-management system along with a deadline, and you’re set to rule the day!

Here’s to brilliant beginnings, excellent endings, and your continued success,

Gaye Crispin

Founder and CEO Australian Business Champions

Creator: TAOLife Studio

Articles: Gaye Writes

#SayNoKayToFGM

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Begin At The End: Begin with the end in mind #ABCSuccessTip8

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