Atoms and Molecules

“Everything in our world can be broken down into parts. All parts can be broken down into atoms and molecules. Our bodies are made of tiny cells. Every book can be broken down into chapters, pages, and paragraphs. Paragraphs can be broken down into sentences and words. And words can even be broken down into letters. The whole is the sum of its parts.

And in the same way, every task, no matter how complex, can be reduced to a series of steps. Every task. The key, then, to this aspect of overcoming procrastination is to break tasks down into minitasks. It’s really only when we try to do it all at once that we get frustrated because it generally can’t be done all at once.

The old cliche is true. It’s a trial by the mile, but a check by the inch.

If you have to do something but you’ve been putting it off, instead of constantly procrastinating, think about it in terms of what steps – or ministeps – need to be taken to accomplish it. Let the first step be making a list. Then you do each item on the list, one at a time. That’s how you eat an elephant, one bite at a time.”

Jerry & Kirsti Newcombe, I’ll Do It Tomorrow