Friday, January 27, 2012

Think SMALL...and accomplish more!

   Every year about Solstice time I have a sense of eagerness begin to build, then just after Christmas, I generally find a quiet time to reflect on the year past.

   That reflection can sometimes take the form of recrimination for projects languishing, phone calls not made or good intentions paving my personal road to hell.  Sometimes.  But being the optimist I am, that afore mentioned eagerness morphs into full blown enthusiasm for the coming year.
   I convince myself that I can see a clear and easy path through the latest project. That making a phone call and sending birthday cards on time is simply a matter of better organization.

   January first is the beginning of the rest of my life, a full and successful life. A life that finds my butt firmly planted in my chair, writing and ignoring the fire alarms. I usually find my unofficial resolutions teetering on the edge of the abyss of an overextended life and the lists of daily, weekly and monthly activities to be accomplished.

   So this January I’ve been reading  about how to take baby steps, how to not be intimidated by large projects and most important how to slow down and think in small manageable blocks of time.
This year I’m going to try to ‘THINK SMALL’ and accomplish more. Does that work for you or do you thrive on fear and guilt?

---by DeNise Woods, author


Savannah Rose said...

This sounds familiar to me :) I didn't make New Year's resolutions. This year I promised to take my work one day at a time. Of course, I'd still have list to guide me through my daily job and my writing after hours. I tried to be the person everyone could count on. And I still am, I just have to accept I can't do everything--all at once.

Tam Linsey said...

What a wonderful resolution, to think small. I think I will adopt it for myself.

DeNise said...

Hi Savannah, Yup-learning to say 'no' is a huge accomplishment.

Tam, my overachieveing friend, your small is something akin to world peace built on the head of a pin. 'humm,' she says, 'if we just move this, and rearrange the directions for that...' LOL- love you.

Pauline Trent said...

Absolutely! Been a fan of this kind of thinking for years. Nice to see it articulated so well.

LizbethSelvig said...

As always, you have wisdom and insight I can relate to. I have never been good at small bites -- I'm a big-chunk-at-a-time planner, which leads to being overwhelmed, which leads to procrastination, which leads to a stressful way to live. Thinking small ... that might just be The key! Thanks for such good advice, my friend!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks for the thoughtful blog. Good advice to follow, and reminds me of a personal trainer who used to say that to me, "Baby steps. Baby steps." Let's all do that this year!

Boone Brux said...

Amen, siesta!amen!