Saturday, March 22, 2014

Axiom 48: Turning Little Things into Big Things

"Do the little things. In the future when you look back, they'll have made the greatest change.
-Nike Thaddeus

I'm often amazed that people often flounder in life because they do not understand how to break big things down into simpler, more manageable goals. You'd be astounded how much you can achieve over time by just devoting a few minutes each day to a task. Don't believe me? Well here are some of the things I have been able to accomplish just by dedicating a little time each day:
  • 1 hour per day for two weeks straight / twice a year: I have been able to write all the posts for this blog. It has been great to get all my ideas down in writing and to catalog all of my food travels with so little time invested.
  • 10 minutes per day for one year: I was able to read through the entire Bible. This is something I had been wanting to do for a long time and was only possible by doing it in small 10 minutes increments.
  • 10 minutes per day for one year: I read through the Christian Apocrypha, the Muslim Qur'an, the Buddist Dhammapada, and the Hindu Baghavad Gita. I was tired of hearing people quote these different religions without knowing for myself what their actual holy books say. It was a pretty easy accomplishment for only 10 minutes per day.
  • 15-30 minutes per day / 5 days per week: I've been studying French for about a year and a half. I went from not knowing anything to knowing about 2,000 French words. I now understand enough to watch French TV shows. Not bad for 15-30 minutes per week.
  • 1 hour per day / 3-5 days per week: I've been working on a reference guide for the industry I work in. After about five years sporadically working on it I am nearly finished.
Just think of what you could accomplish in 10, 20, or 30 minutes a day over the course of one year. So how do you start?
  • Break your big goal down into something very small you can do everyday.
  • Put these small goals on your calendar and hold yourself accountable to do them.
  • Consider using a time management trick like the Pomodoro Technique.
It really is that simple. If you can set aside just 10 minutes a day you can accomplish some big goals over the long haul.