*Ting, ting, crackle, crackle, ccsssshhhhh*
That’s the sound the snow/ice mixture falling outside the window is currently making. I’m writing this Wednesday night, as we’re expecting to get somewhere around 12-18 inches of snow fall. I have seen one plow truck all night long, and it wasn’t even on my street. Let’s just say, a lot of us are in for a long morning ahead of shoveling or snow blowing.
Me, I’ve got a shovel. Even if I had a snow blower, the driveway is just a little curved and beat up, after not being taken care of or used for 2 years. It wouldn’t work out well for me to say the least, let alone the machine. If it’s a heavy wet snow, like the beginning of the storm as it went back and forth between snow and rain and ice, it can be even more difficult due to the weight. Knowing what lie ahead, I knew it was going to be a lot of work, regardless of when I did it.
Breaking Down a Large Task
Knowing the combination of heavy wet snow, only having a shovel, a decent sized driveway, and a not-so-out-but-definitely-not-in shape person (me) doing the work, I thought it best to get ahead of the storm. The task was to have a clear driveway in order to get out of it tomorrow morning to get to work on time for both myself and Missy. I could easily just wake up early, start shoveling, and probably hurt myself because of the probable 12 inches we’re getting.
Or, I could get out and shovel a couple inches at a time. By the time I got home around 6, there were already about 3-4 inches on the ground. Though heavy and wet, I made quick work of it and was done in under an hour. I came inside, had a great dinner, enjoyed 2 episodes of Breaking Bad, and then knew I had to get out again before heading to bed. This was due to another 4 inches falling in 4 hours. Again, quick work, around 30 minutes this time because it was a little lighter and I didn’t do the sidewalk. I’ll wake up knowing that I still have to get out and shovel, but that it won’t break my back or be too much to handle.
By taking the large task and breaking it down, I’m able to ease myself into the work and set myself up for a higher rate of success. Sure, shoveling 3 times is a pain, but it’s better breaking it down from a 3 hour project into three 45 minutes tasks. This can easily translate into any other aspects of life, either personally or professionally. One of my goals I am working on is to start blogging consistently again. I’d love to post 5 times a week, every week through the rest of the year. Does that mean I have to have all of the articles done tomorrow? Of course not. Does that mean I should wait until the last minute and do a post a day when I get up? Well, though that works now, I’m going to look at batch processing, setting up a little larger of a task, but all in an effort to take down a larger project of blogging daily.
At the end of the year, I’m hoping to look back and see all of the progress I’ve made, how far I’ve come and been happy I stuck with it this time. By the time you read this post though, I’ll be happy knowing that I’ve cleared the cars, the driveway, and am safely on my way to work.
Question: What larger project can you break down to help complete in smaller tasks?