Do you have an important project that feels so hard or demanding you find yourself avoiding it?
Or perhaps you’ve already started it, but every time you dig in you’re overcome with a heaviness, a sense of dread, because there’s still so much to do! And you’re losing your momentum and desire to get it done.
Well, lighten up, because today I’m going to give you the secret to finishing almost anything, and do so in a fun, creatively charged way.
It’s so easy. You just need to fun-size it.
Take your big-ass project and chunk it down into teeny, tiny, tasty tidbits – teeny, tiny challenges that feel so doable, so easy, that you don’t think twice before jumping in and getting ‘er done.
I do this all the time when I have a huge writing project. Like a long-copy sales page. I chunk it down into fun-sized sections or tiny mini-challenges. But you can easily fun-size anything, like decluttering your house. Or writing your book.
The perks of fun-sizing projects are 1) you’re more likely to get that project done, and 2) you’ll feel more inspired and creatively charged while you’re doing it. Instead of feeling heavy, overloaded and discouraged by all you need to do, you ride the momentum created by the act of completing something every day.
Each time you finish one of your fun-sized bites, your sense of accomplishment feeds your energy and your inspiration to do whatever you need to do the next day. It also boosts your confidence that this project is a done deal.
So, here’s how to fun-size any hefty project you may have. Just sit down with a pen and paper, and divide your big-ass project into sections. If it’s a writing project like a sales page, divide it up into headline, lead, testimonials, offer, objections, etc. All the pieces that will make up the whole.
If you’re decluttering your house, divide the project into rooms. Or closets. Or even corners. It doesn’t really matter. You could even divide it up into the categories of things you’re decluttering, like books, clothes, furniture, photos of your ex-husband.
If you’re writing a book, break it down into chapters. Or you make a list of all the points, stories, case studies… the pieces you want to include. You don’t have to think about it linearly, like chapter by chapter. Chunk it down in whatever way feels good to you.
Then take each one of your “chunks” or sections, and chunk it down even more. Divide each section or chunk into 3-6 mini-challenges.
How do you know if you’ve broken it down in the right way?
When you look at each of your mini-challenges, do you go, “Ugh!” Or do you think, “Ooh, that’s easy.”? You want to go with whatever feels easy and divinely doable.
Now, if you’re thinking, “Ah, forget about it If I do it this way, it’s going to take forever!” Well, yes. It may take a little bit longer than you’d like. But it’s still going to be so much faster than not doing it at all! Because it feels so overwhelming and you keep avoiding it!
So, what big bruiser of a project can you fun-size? What big goal do you have that you can divide up into easy mini-challenges?
I invite you to do this with anything that’s important to you, anything that you want to complete that, for one reason or another, isn’t getting done.
If you chunk it down in this way, your entire project becomes more inviting, easy and doable. You’ll keep your creative energy high because you’re not burying it in the dread of “too much to do.” Just remember, as you create your fun-sized chunks, go with what feels fun, exciting, and easily doable.
Hey… I’m going to challenge you (and myself) to take on one big project this year. That project you’ve been wanting to start or finish. That one that means something to you.
Choose it, chunk it down, and let’s get ‘er done this year!
Tell me which project you’re taking on in the comments below. And I’ll do the same. Coolio!